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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Acura Confirms V8 Engine Development

It has been confirmed that Acura will be offering a V-8 engine option within 18 months. Acura dealer Mark McKellop remarked that having a flagship sedan with an eight cylinder engine is a necessity to elevate the brand.

Dealers say that having a vehicle that is offered with a V-8 is a must-have in order for Acura to compete against luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Those within Honda have long talked about making Acura a top-tier luxury brand, and at a dealers' meeting last April, Acura "put a stake in the ground" and made the shift official, says Jeff Conrad, vice-president of the Acura division at American Honda Motor Co.

A new large luxury sedan in the works at Acura set for release by 2011 or 2012 may be fitted with the V-8, but the 18 month commitment by the automaker suggests that we could see an Acura V-8 even sooner.

Some dealers have speculated that the next RL, which is due out in 2010, could be the recipient of the first V-8 engine. The current RL is sold model with a 300 hp, 3.7 liter V-6 engine - the most powerful engine ever offered in an Acura.

Source: Automotive News