2003 Acura TL A-Spec review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 18 October 2006 , 09:10:44 byEmil

Filed under Acura

Acura TL A-Spec

The 2003 Acura TLA-Spec represents the re-launched Factory Performance program released by Acura, a different name, meant to distinguish it from Honda Factory Performance, which is a similar program for Honda vehicles. Jim Roach, American Honda vice president of the Parts Division, stated that the A-SPEC stood for the highest level of engineering and quality, reflecting the standard they were striving for with their high performance accessory package program. Another announcement made by Acura informed that an A-SPEC kit for the 2004 TL would be available beginning with November, 2003. The kit lowers the car by approximately one inch due to its track-tuned shocks and springs. A firm and aggressive driving experience without affecting the comfort during every day driving, is ensured by 18x8.5 alloy wheels fitting with Yokohama high performance tires. The approximate price of the package will be $5,000, without including installation. Roach also added that the new 2004 TL had a high performance engine and chassis that matched its styling, taking the sporty handling a step further, announcing an undoubtedly stylish and performance-oriented car.

In 2003, Acura re-launched its Acura Factory Performance program as Acura A-SPEC. When launching the program at the 2002 SEMA show with the announcement of a performance kit for the Acura RSX Type-S, Acura called the program Acura Factory Performance. The name change was made to brand Acura's program and differentiate it from Honda Factory Performance, a similar program for Honda vehicles.

"A-SPEC stands for the highest level of quality and engineering, and more accurately reflects the standard we"re striving for with our high performance accessory package program," said Jim Roach, American Honda vice president of the Parts Division.

Acura also announced that an A-SPEC kit for the 2004 TL would be available in November of 2003. The kit features track-tuned shocks and springs that lower the car by approximately one inch. These suspension modifications combine with performance brake pads (on automatic transmission-equipped models) 18x8.5 alloy wheels fitting with Yokohama high performance tires to provide a firm, aggressive driving experience while still maintaining comfort during every day driving. A deck lid (or rear wing) spoiler and aero kit are also included. Both are manufactured to match factory-molded components and are color matched to factory specifications.

Although an MSRP for the package had not yet been determined at the time of the announcement, it will be priced at approximately $5,000 not including installation. Like all A-SPEC kits, the TL performance package must be installed by an authorized Acura dealer and will be covered under a full factory warranty.

"The new 2004 TL has a high performance engine and chassis with styling to match," said Roach. "The A-SPEC kit takes this aggressive styling and sporty handling a step further, leaving no doubt that the new TL is an extremely stylish, performance-oriented car."

The TL A-SPEC package will include:

- High performance, track-tuned shocks and springs
- Performance brake pads (automatic transmission-equipped models)
- Lightweight 18x8.5 alloy wheels
- High performance Yokohama 235/40-R18 95W tires
- Choice of deck lid or rear wing spoiler
- Aero kit
- A-SPEC steering wheel
- A-SPEC badging