The second generation Acura TL, launched in 1998 as a 1999 model, was a sad departure from the craziness of the great 5 banger-powered, hardtop'd Vigor and 2.5 TL. However, there was a coupe, the CL ..
Welcome to Forgotten Classics.
Last week edition was a massive success thanks to Mr. Okulsi !
As demonstrated in the Christmas Special issue and on the first 2015 issue, the goal of this series of essays will be to bring cars that are getting no love back in the limelight. FC is also a thorough analysis of why such cars remained obscure and never got the praise they deserved.
This week's Forgotten Classic is the 2002-2003 Acura CL Type S Coupe. In Acura parlance, Type S is like ///M for BMW, SS for Chevy or GLH for the Dodge Omni. It means business, and in the Acura TL/CL, that business translates into 260 horses, 3 pedals and a 6 gears manual transmission. Are you not entertained now ?
The true story is that very few actually were, and the type S coupe sold poorly compared to the sedan, and we are not even talking about the disappointingly low take rate of models equipped with the proper transmission.
It was the early 2000's and coupes were already going out of fashion. Some people say that there was no Y2K bug, but I disagree. The Y2K bug was the blandification of the automotive industry, the global beigeification of transports and the sissyfication of motorsports. Really, the Y2K bug is real, and sad.
2002 was also before Acura lost its way, so the brand was still admired by enthusiasts for the NSX and Ayrton Senna, even if Acura's migration towards SUV's and other automatic blandmobiles was in full swing.
The 2002-2003 Acura CL type S coupe was already an endangered species, and few people stepped up to save it. It was one of the last stylish personal luxury coupe. It was the Japanese 635CSi, the modern Buick GNx, the non-British Bentley Continental R.
Tragically, the people have spoken, and Acura listened. As a result, we now only have the MDX, RDX, RLX and the successor of the CL/TL, the TLX.
Oh and that new glorified CR-Z they call NSX, blasphemy.
Someone needs to tell Acura that you can't capture the magic back with a smoke show and some added X's.
Thanks for reading and see you next week