The Acura RL is the flagship car for North American luxury brand Acura,marketed in Japan as the Honda Legend and manufactured in Saitama, Japan. The alpha call-sign RL is an abbreviation for Refined Luxury. The first-generation Acura RL was a similarly rebadged version of the third-generation Honda Legend, and was first introduced into the North American market in 1996 to replace the second-generation Acura Legend. The current second-generation Acura RL is a rebadged version of the fourth-generation Honda Legend and was introduced into the North American market in September 2004 as a 2005 model. This iteration of the RL received an extensive mid-generational facelift for the 2009 model year. In 1996, Acura introduced the Acura 3.5RL, known internally as KA9, to replace the Legend. Acura dropped the Legend name when market research showed that consumers knew Acura products by their model names, Legend and Integra, and did not necessarily associate the names with the manufacturer, Acura. The 3.5RL's longitudinally mounted V6 engine had its center-line mounted in-line with the car's axis, and not transversely (i.e., 90 degrees offset from the vehicle axis) like most other
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