Acura introduces six-speed manual gearbox on its 2010 SH-AWD range

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

A manual transmission model has been added to Acura's TL range for model year 2010. This installment makes it the most diverse line-up ever in the carmaker's history. The luxury division of Japanese manufacturer Honda announced the addition of a manual transmission model to the TL range for model year 2010, making it the most diverse line-up in the manufacturer's history.

In a release, Jeff Conrad, Acura sales vice president said that the new manual transmission equipped TL SH-AWD allows the driver to take full advantage of the performance of Acura's SH-AWD system.

He claims that the new 6-speed manual transmission model is the best performing Acura TL ever.

It is also claimed to be the top handling performer among every vehicle in its class. Particularly, the transmission is a 6-speed, partnered for the first time with Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

Since the close gear ratio gearbox is about 110 lbs lighter than the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, it further improves TL's acceleration, braking and cornering. The transmission, when paired with the car's 3.7l V6 engine, provides enhanced shift accuracy.

Another feature is the Hill Start Assist system, preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards when on a hill. When it is active, the brakes automatically hold momentarily as the driver's foot transitions from the brake to the accelerator pedal.

For safety, the Acura TL's standard features consist of six airbags and active head restraints, side-curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, VSA, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and daytime running lights.

Topics: acura, transmission, awd

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