The Future of Automobile Sophistication

by : John Walker

is a make that took birth as Honda's luxury division. It is not an ordinary brand of automobile that manufactures cars for the plebian. Ever since its introduction, eulogies have poured down in a torrent. Almost every year since its sensational entry into the North American market in 1986, it has won some or another prestigious award.

When a car model stays so much ahead of the competition in terms of luxury, refinement and class, it is only natural that its future products are an indication of automobile engineering is set to take in the future. As it so rightly says, the trail future Acura cars will blaze will be the "fertile ground for the next generation of automobiles."

Let us take a look at some of these models that will have the turf blazing; onlookers agape and the competition jittery.

The phenomenon called the 2009 Acura RL
Future Acura cars will be built on what it plans for the . When it debuted in 1996 as replacement for the celebrated Legend, the car that put Acura on the road to the luxury market, it aroused expectations, quite predictably. In fact, it was known in some quarters as "Replaces Legend". It has come up with some or another innovation since its launch.

For 2009, we hear that it plans to bring in a magnificent 300 horsepower engine that will have a tighter suspension along with a more refined Super Handling All Wheel Drive, another Acura novelty, for greater ease at cornering.

Luxury blends with utility
And yes, all talk about Acura will invariably veer around luxury and sophistication. The 2009 Acura RL does not disappoint on this score as a future concept car, improving on its core feature. It will have AcuraLink, Real-time traffic system with Traffic Rerouting by which you can get over freeway traffic congestion by simply bypassing it.

Then, you get a clear review of the prevailing weather conditions and a forecast with its AcuraLink weather.

These are but a small blip in the vast spread of innovations it will be bringing for this year's model. The front and rear have become more futuristic, indicative of the design we can expect the RL to be coming in. The interiors have become more posh and cushier then ever. Future cars from Acura are expected to have these features.

The new paradigm in sports car motoring
It plans to bring about some more innovative technologies in the years to come for its models. It will bring out the Advanced Sports Car Concept. A glimpse of what connoisseurs can expect was provided when this concept was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. If this is going to be the heir apparent to the already sensational Acura NSX, the level of sophistication may well be imagined.

This model is a blend of the ultra-luxurious and the super-powerful. It will be a V10 rear-wheel drive-modeled version of Acura's Super Handling All Wheel Drive. Acura plans to bring about a long hood and sculpted sides. Having emphasized on novelty, it does not take away the emotional association the NSX had with its fans. Some design aspects such as the LED headlights have been deliberately designed in a fashion that brings back memories of the NSX. It has innovations in just about every aspect, from the wheels or the brakes, and the door handle to the carbon fiber underbody.

Taking a cue from nature
The idea on which the 2009 Acura RL is built is that sports cars should synchronize with nature. The idyllic setting of southern California has been the inspiration and backdrop for this new feature. The theme on which this technology is going to be created is the happy bundle of contradictions that nature is.

Advanced Sedan Concept - stretching the limits of the sedan
The next treat awaiting Acura fans is Acura's Advanced Sedan Concept. Termed "the future of luxury", the emphasis of this concept is freedom. Premiering at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, the concept of this future Acura car fuses a terrific exterior with a feel so luxurious; one has to experience it to believe it.

The platform on which the Advanced Sedan Concept is built is complete independence for the driver while giving it an aura of mystic presence. With its huge 22-inch front and 23-inch back tires; aluminum wheels that have sheen; low bumper; stunning headlights and ultra powerful disc brakes being among its features, this concept is set to represent a double treat.

The old legend is resurrected
There is yet more to come. Future Acura cars led by the 2010 Acura NSX are set to scorch the roads soon. This new avatar of the perennial favorite has been built on the same platform as the S2000. It is believed Acura has a near-limo version of the S2000 in the 2010 Acura NSX. It is believed this car will be wider and longer. It will have a different architectural layout from the earlier NSX. It is speculated this will carry a 3.2-liter, V6 engine with a deadly output of 290 horses. This of course, is just rumor, but we never know what surprise will spring out from the Acura!

Luxury weds power and economy
There is a rumor that the 2011 Acura RL is also in the pipeline. Aimed at taking on its German competitors headlong, the 2011 Acura RL is believed to pack more excitement than we have got accustomed to getting from Acura. The grapevine has it that Acura is building this model on a 420 horse, 4.2-liter V8 with a rear-wheel drive. With the cylinder deactivation found on a V6, this will mean greater fuel economy. All these years, Acura used to be associated with luxury. With this model, more qualities will be added to it -power and fuel economy! When future Acura cars will incorporate these features, can life get any better?

With the features list of future models being nearly endless, they represent the perfect continuum of the luxury that Acura has brought like no other manufacturer has. For the user, it only means great tidings of a luxurious future!