June 1, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 22
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2007 Acura TL Type-S
2007 Acura TL Type-S
by J.T. Hills - SGN Contributing Writer

- Type-S back after three years
- Powerful 3.5 liter 286 hp V-6 engine
Interior tastefully put together with tons of gadgets

- Front wheel drive
- Smallish rear seat with small door openings
Don't really get the voice recognition system& it ignores me

First introduced back in 1996, the TL was the first Acura to go by the alphanumeric model designation that eventually spread to the entire line. The TL Type-S first came to the market in 2002, but was dropped in 2004 when Acura redesigned the TL. After a three year hiatus, the TL Type-S has returned. The Type-S is unique in that it has a redesigned front and rear fascia, body side molding, 10-spoke alloy wheels, and of course the 3.5 liter 286 hp V-6 engine. After a week with the 2007 Acura TL Type S I've compiled a brass tacks list of highly technical scientific data based upon observations, experimentation, tabulations, inspections and so forth. Here we go:

A bright kinetic blue Acura& hasn't been seen since '02&thought it was gone with hip huggers and circuit. I hear it's huge in Japan though!
The midsized Acura TL, based on the Honda Accord platform, competes with the C-class Mercedes and the 3-series BMW. Unlike its German competition, the TL has a front wheel drive platform that provides for greater traction. Although, a rear wheel drive platform provides for great balance during fast driving. This difference is all too apparent in the six speed manual version of the TL. There is a lot of torque steer, and the wheel jumps around a lot with aggressive driving. The Type-S I spent a week with though, came with a five speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift and paddle shifters. The automatic greatly reduces the torque steer and makes the car feel much more balanced when you hit the accelerator.

Underneath the hood the Type S comes with the before mentioned 3.5 liter 286 hp V-6 with 256 lb ft of torque at 5000 rpm's. This is ample amount of horsepower for entering the freeway or passing. Actually, it makes getting on the freeway and passing a bit more fun. The 17" wheels and high performance all-season tires did a great job of sticking to the road. One can aggressively drive the Type-S and feel secure with the preciseness of the handling. In city driving is a bit jarring, but par for the course with any sports sedan with a sport tuned suspension. The Type-S does come with a back-up camera though, which is great for parallel parking in the city. The high rear-deck with a conservative spoiler really requires it. It's nice though that Acura thought about it in advance.

Acura made a deliberate effort to make the driving experience of the Type S an intuitive one. The controls are all nicely laid out, and are repeated on the steering wheel. There is even a voice recognition function that operates everything from the climate control to the stereo. The DVD Navigation system has big lettering, and again is intuitive, there's really no need to go to the manual in order to input a destination. It even comes with a list of Zaggat rated restaurants& how Gay is that. In addition, the DVD Navigation system is equipped with real time traffic, to make your commute to and from the office a bit easier, or at least it will confirm the fact that you're stuck going five miles per hour on one of our floating bridges. The car is Bluetooth capable, just in time for the new cell phone laws, and is fairly easy to get your individual phone working with it. Although I did have to use the manual, so it's probably to figure out while you're still parked.

There's plenty of legroom upfront in the TL, and storage and cup holders abound. The rear seat is a bit crapped though, and the back doors are on the small side for getting in and out of the car. The Type S comes with dual climate zones, heated front seats, and an impressive eight speaker surround sound system, perfect for road trips.

OK, for a before tax price of $38,125, what do you get?
The Acura TL Type-S comes with a long list of standard features, and unlike many of its competitors the high end features all come standard. A quick look at the favorites includes:

- 3.5 liter 286 hp V-6
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Five speed Automatic Transmission with sequential sportshift and paddle shifters.
- 4-wheel double wishbone suspension
100k + miles no scheduled tune-ups

- Driver and front passenger front airbags, side curtain airbags
- Vehicle stability assist
- Four channel ABS braking system with emergency brake assist
- Bi-Xeonon headlamps with power-wash and self-leveling system
Rear parking assist camera

Comfort and Convenience
- Dual zone climate control
- Touch screen Diver information Center with DVD Navigation
- Heated drivers 8-way power front seat
- Bluetooth wireless mobile phone
- Eight speaker- Surround Sound with DVD-A, AM/FM/XM satellite radio and six-disc in-dash CD changer

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