After revealing the 2014 Acura RL in concept form at the New York auto show, it didn’t seem like there was much left to reveal. And now that we have the latest spy photos of an RL prototype, it’s pretty obvious that the concept was a dead ringer for the finished production sedan.
As you can see, the production RL wears the same grille treatment as the concept which means a modified version of the company’s infamous shield design. There are a couple notable differences in the lower air dam openings which are split into three small intakes in place of the concepts singular trapezoidal opening.
The differences out back are even harder to spot. The concept has exhaust pipes integrated into the rear fascia, but this prototype shows no sign of such a setup. In fact, we can’t seem to find any rear exhaust pipes at all, so maybe this is a top secret pure electric RL. Or maybe they’re just very dark and very tightly tucked under the rear bumper.
According to what Acura said in April, this RL will go on sale early next year with a choice of two drivertrains: a base V6 with 310 horsepower and a V6 hybrid with a combined rating of 370 horses and an EPA rating of 30 city and 30 highway. Nice trick.
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