Next-Generation Acura RL Will Finally Go Head to Head with Lexus with a V8

Acura recently unveiled the restyled 2009 Acura RL at the Chicago Auto Show, but rumors are already circulating about what the next RL will be like.

Inside Line claims they have an inside scoop on the details of the next RL. The next-generation RL that is rumored for a mid-2010 release will finally feature a V8 engine that will be a 4.8L engine with around 420 horsepower. The V8 engine will also feature cylinder deactivation technology that will allow it to achieve class leading fuel economy. Another criticism of the RL besides the lack of a V8 is the absense of rear-wheel-drive. Well it is also being rumored that engineers are working on a new SH-AWD system that is mainly RWD and only uses the front wheels when the system detects slipage. This is the opposite of what the system does now.

The next RL will be released in mid-2010 as a 2011 model and will have a price tag over $70,000. That puts it head to head with Audi, BMW and Lexus.

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