The Legend won Car and Driver's Ten Best three years in a row and Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1987. The opportunity for Japanese manufacturers to export more expensive models had arisen with the 1980s voluntary export restraints, negotiated by the Japanese government and U.S. trade representatives, restricting mainstream car sales. The 3.5RL was the North American version of the KA9 series Honda Legend.

It was the first flagship sedan sold under the Acura nameplate, until being renamed in 1996 as the Acura 3.5RL. However the RL and RLX never achieved the sales success that the original Legend managed; by the early 2000s Acura sales would be dominated by the Acura MDX crossover 3-row SUV and the Acura TL front-wheel drive sedan while the RL contributed little, by contrast the Legend made up 40% of the marque's sales volume during Acura's early years.

Sponsored Links Acura Legend Forum. The tooling and intellectual property rights of the second generation Legend were licensed to Daewoo Motors of South Korea, where a clone of the Legend sedan, called the Daewoo Arcadia, was produced from 1994 to 1999. Bet you don't have the money to do it. The Acura TL is a compact executive / entry-level luxury car that was manufactured by Acura.It was introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Vigor and was badged for the Japanese-market from 1996 to 2000 as the Honda Inspire and from 1996 to 2004 as the Honda Saber.The TL was Acura's best-selling model until it was outsold by the MDX in 2007. It was close to the set up that B+O had "patented", but we were not using the RL parts. Sedan models had a drag coefficient of 0.32, while coupes were only 0.30. i know that in viet nam, they can do anything since its so cheap back there. The Acura Legend & Acura RL Forum > Acura Legend > Second Generation Legend (1991-1995) RWD conversion threads - merged User Name: Remember Me? Second generation units became available October 24, 1990, now using a 200 hp (149 kW) SOHC (C32A) engine mated to either a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic. The segment the Legend originally filled was now being served by the Acura Vigor which allowed the Legend to position itself more towards the rear drive Lexus LS and the Infiniti Q45 sedans.

Rover also wanted to return to the American market when they had reportedly sold only 1,500 cars in 1971, and a brief return in 1980, selling 800 Rover SD1s by offering the Sterling.[2]. The MDX J35 doesn't face the right way, and besides, MDX AWD is pretty much FWD anyways with torque being split backwards just for kicks on occasion. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. The vehicle was virtually identical in luxury content to the Japanese market V6Zi, but was identical in size and the longer overall length of the top level V6Xi to comply with United States crash standards, using the larger 2.5 V6 engine.

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The North American Legend was not offered with some of the items offered in Japan, such as automatic, one touch climate control, and 100% wool cloth interior in brown. Don't know anything about this, but here's an old thread with some info if you haven't seen it already. Rwd Honda civic EM1 - Duration: 1:18. The Rover Company had a long established reputation as a luxury car in the United Kingdom and Europe, demonstrated with the Rover P6, and Honda wanted to introduce a luxury car for both domestic Japanese and the United States markets. The Legend offered a host of features seen on luxury cars of today including dual front driver & passenger airbags (standard on 1991 Legend LS, 1992 L and LS trims), speed-sensitive steering, hands-free telephone, automatic climate control, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, seatbelt pretensioners, and electric soft-close doors (coupe only). issues with it tho. For 1991 and 1992 the Legend sedan was available in 'base', 'L', and 'LS' trims; the coupe remained available in L and LS through its entire run. Call up monster garage, if they can make a 4 wheel drive vette why not a RWD Legend.

Legend sheetmetal on custom chassis. Information added to the first generation Legend was compiled from a 1986 Japanese language Honda Legend brochure, a Japanese market Honda Legend Press Information brochure dated October 22, 1985, and a North American Acura Legend sales brochure dated 1986 by American Honda Motor Company. One of the novelty items was a simple volume control rocker switch and a pre-set radio station channel selector installed on the instrument binnacle within reach of the right hand; the opposite side of the instrument binnacle had a button to open, tilt or close the standard equipped glass moonroof with sun shade. Added for 1995 was the limited-production 'SE' sedan, which was essentially a Legend 'L' with a two-tone paint scheme, pre-1993 15" 7-spoke 'LS' coupe wheels, "Special Edition" floor mats, and an automatic transmission. The joint development produced the Legend and the corresponding British version was the Rover 800-series, which was badged under the Sterling brand in the United States and competed with the Legend. Last year we started the awd project with my wrecked sedan and ended up parting it out due to loss of interest and lack of funds.

The core structure and chassis design is also common to both cars, however the Rover version has its own exterior panelwork, interior and electrical systems. *sigh*....before it's asked again, YES it can be done...but it'll cost upwards of $15,000 to complete it...it's really not even worth it unless you just have money burning a hole in your pocket.

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LS model coupes also received a trunk-mounted lip spoiler.

I mean, ya wanna go fast or what.

For the 1990 model year, all Legends came with body-colored side mirrors. Legend coupes had a revised body-colored front grille, new red & clear tail lights, and improved front seats. 0:20. harvnb error: no target: CITEREFDawson2004 (, Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive, Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive, http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles/archive/1989/releases/1989-acura-legend-specifications, "Honda-Daewoo Partnership Partnership Details", https://www.forbes.com/2003/04/01/cz_jf_0401flint.html#1cac41084b64, http://news.honda.com/newsandviews/local_news_content/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Acura_Legend&oldid=975948711, Articles with dead external links from June 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Tetsuya Mizuno, Yukio Kurosu, Yoshio Ui (1982, 1984), This page was last edited on 31 August 2020, at 09:36. We use cookies to improve your experience on this website and so that ads you see online can be tailored to your online browsing interests.

This was the only six-speed sedan offered.[5]. [6], The Legend was a very successful vehicle to launch Acura as a separate division, and combined with sales of the Integra this resulted in Acura outselling longtime luxury marques BMW and Mercedes-Benz as well as Toyota's new luxury division Lexus. Seriously guys there are plenty of good rwd cars available, why cut up a Legend ? The Technics supplied 80W four speaker cassette tape stereo offered four user programmable equalizer settings, and was equipped with a dual diversity antenna, meaning it had a conventional extendable power antenna and an embedded antenna in the rear window. To reach the higher output, the Type II engine has bigger intake valves, a higher lift camshaft, and an exhaust with freer flow. The higher-end LS cars added automatic climate control, a power four-way passenger seat, burled walnut interior trim, and body colored side moldings. Registered Users do not see the above ads. High-end LS models featured a driver's-side airbag, trip computer, electronic vehicle monitoring system in the center console and a Bose sound system. The rear end appearance of the sedan was adopted from the first generation Legend coupe and Honda also wanted to visually align the appearance of both the Legend coupe and sedan to the Acura NSX. labor is cheap also. Other features such as power driver's seat memory for 3 positions were added. I've thought of that already. The Legend was a result of a joint venture with Britain's Austin Rover Group called Project XX that started in November 1981 with the Austin Rover-Honda XX letter of intent signed by the two companies to replace the Rover SD1 and to provide a luxury vehicle for Honda. Page 3 of 3 < 1: 2: 3 LinkBack: Thread Tools : Rate Thread: Display Modes: 10-04-08, 05:56 PM #31 iam94legend . It was sold in the U.S., Canada, and parts of China under Honda's luxury brand, Acura, from 1985 to 1995, as both a sedan, which was classified as a full-size car, and a coupe, which was classified as a mid-size car (similar to how the Honda Accord is set up today).

there would not be enough room for a rear axel if you leave the comparement in the same place. Get two big industrial electrial motors to drive the rear wheels. [5] The LS version of the sedan lost the option for a manual transmission and was only available with an automatic transmission from then on. Acura-Legend.com :: Acura Legend Forum :: Acura RL Forum, Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1.

Sedan models came to the market first, powered by a 151 hp (113 kW) 2.5 L C25A V6, with coupes making their first appearance in 1987, powered by a new 161 hp (120 kW) 2.7 L C27A engine. The Legend was the first production Honda vehicle to offer a V6 engine. Acura Legend KA8 exhaust no mufflers AMAZING SOUND - Duration: 0 ... Ryan Kucan 12,314 views. Exterior colors were matched to only one interior color choice and leather was not offered.

i think if you had any plans of keeping the legend even partially low to the ground, you would have to A. move the fuel tank, and B, move the spare tire compartment in some way. There are presently no rear drive vehicles available from Acura, or its parent company Honda. RWD Acura Legend????

1993 also saw the addition of dual airbags as standard equipment in all trims, the deletion of the black molding on the entry level cars, and a new wheel design with fewer spokes on the sedans (16-spoke vs. 20-spoke). Manual-equipped models could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). The Acura Legend lived up to its name and proved that Acura knew how to build a great car. The second generation Legend was a larger, more streamlined-looking car (drag coefficients were actually higher at 0.34 for sedans and 0.32 for coupes). In Japan only, Honda installed a turbocharger with variable geometry in the Legend with the smaller 2.0 L V6, called the "Wing Turbo" for model year 1989. Honda decided not to upgrade the size of the engine to a V8 because it would have upstaged the Acura NSX which has a V6 that introduced Honda's VTEC technology. The Rover was also offered with a 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder engines in tune with European tastes, however the Legend was only available with V6 power regardless of market.

The design was referred to as a "fuselage" shape, and had rear-wheel drive proportions which were possible thanks to the use of a longitudinally mounted engine; unusual for front-wheel-drive automobiles.[5].

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In the 1986 sales brochure, the Legend's full name used was "Legend Touring Sedan". Nonetheless Honda executives felt that the Legend nameplate was overshadowing the Acura marque in the United States, plus other luxury marques like Mercedes-Benz and BMW used alphanumeric designations, hence the third-generation Legend sedan would be badged as the RL for North America. For this project, I'd use nothing less than a Viper V10, or Benz V12 twin Turbo.

The Legend won Car and Driver's Ten Best three years in a row and Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1987. The opportunity for Japanese manufacturers to export more expensive models had arisen with the 1980s voluntary export restraints, negotiated by the Japanese government and U.S. trade representatives, restricting mainstream car sales. The 3.5RL was the North American version of the KA9 series Honda Legend.

It was the first flagship sedan sold under the Acura nameplate, until being renamed in 1996 as the Acura 3.5RL. However the RL and RLX never achieved the sales success that the original Legend managed; by the early 2000s Acura sales would be dominated by the Acura MDX crossover 3-row SUV and the Acura TL front-wheel drive sedan while the RL contributed little, by contrast the Legend made up 40% of the marque's sales volume during Acura's early years.

Sponsored Links Acura Legend Forum. The tooling and intellectual property rights of the second generation Legend were licensed to Daewoo Motors of South Korea, where a clone of the Legend sedan, called the Daewoo Arcadia, was produced from 1994 to 1999. Bet you don't have the money to do it. The Acura TL is a compact executive / entry-level luxury car that was manufactured by Acura.It was introduced in 1995 to replace the Acura Vigor and was badged for the Japanese-market from 1996 to 2000 as the Honda Inspire and from 1996 to 2004 as the Honda Saber.The TL was Acura's best-selling model until it was outsold by the MDX in 2007. It was close to the set up that B+O had "patented", but we were not using the RL parts. Sedan models had a drag coefficient of 0.32, while coupes were only 0.30. i know that in viet nam, they can do anything since its so cheap back there. The Acura Legend & Acura RL Forum > Acura Legend > Second Generation Legend (1991-1995) RWD conversion threads - merged User Name: Remember Me? Second generation units became available October 24, 1990, now using a 200 hp (149 kW) SOHC (C32A) engine mated to either a standard 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic. The segment the Legend originally filled was now being served by the Acura Vigor which allowed the Legend to position itself more towards the rear drive Lexus LS and the Infiniti Q45 sedans.

Rover also wanted to return to the American market when they had reportedly sold only 1,500 cars in 1971, and a brief return in 1980, selling 800 Rover SD1s by offering the Sterling.[2]. The MDX J35 doesn't face the right way, and besides, MDX AWD is pretty much FWD anyways with torque being split backwards just for kicks on occasion. We use data about you for a number of purposes explained in the links below. The vehicle was virtually identical in luxury content to the Japanese market V6Zi, but was identical in size and the longer overall length of the top level V6Xi to comply with United States crash standards, using the larger 2.5 V6 engine.

Acura-Legend.com is the premier Acura Legend Forum on the internet. Why use a 350 V8.

The North American Legend was not offered with some of the items offered in Japan, such as automatic, one touch climate control, and 100% wool cloth interior in brown. Don't know anything about this, but here's an old thread with some info if you haven't seen it already. Rwd Honda civic EM1 - Duration: 1:18. The Rover Company had a long established reputation as a luxury car in the United Kingdom and Europe, demonstrated with the Rover P6, and Honda wanted to introduce a luxury car for both domestic Japanese and the United States markets. The Legend offered a host of features seen on luxury cars of today including dual front driver & passenger airbags (standard on 1991 Legend LS, 1992 L and LS trims), speed-sensitive steering, hands-free telephone, automatic climate control, heated leather seats, heated mirrors, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, seatbelt pretensioners, and electric soft-close doors (coupe only). issues with it tho. For 1991 and 1992 the Legend sedan was available in 'base', 'L', and 'LS' trims; the coupe remained available in L and LS through its entire run. Call up monster garage, if they can make a 4 wheel drive vette why not a RWD Legend.

Legend sheetmetal on custom chassis. Information added to the first generation Legend was compiled from a 1986 Japanese language Honda Legend brochure, a Japanese market Honda Legend Press Information brochure dated October 22, 1985, and a North American Acura Legend sales brochure dated 1986 by American Honda Motor Company. One of the novelty items was a simple volume control rocker switch and a pre-set radio station channel selector installed on the instrument binnacle within reach of the right hand; the opposite side of the instrument binnacle had a button to open, tilt or close the standard equipped glass moonroof with sun shade. Added for 1995 was the limited-production 'SE' sedan, which was essentially a Legend 'L' with a two-tone paint scheme, pre-1993 15" 7-spoke 'LS' coupe wheels, "Special Edition" floor mats, and an automatic transmission. The joint development produced the Legend and the corresponding British version was the Rover 800-series, which was badged under the Sterling brand in the United States and competed with the Legend. Last year we started the awd project with my wrecked sedan and ended up parting it out due to loss of interest and lack of funds.

The core structure and chassis design is also common to both cars, however the Rover version has its own exterior panelwork, interior and electrical systems. *sigh*....before it's asked again, YES it can be done...but it'll cost upwards of $15,000 to complete it...it's really not even worth it unless you just have money burning a hole in your pocket.

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LS model coupes also received a trunk-mounted lip spoiler.

I mean, ya wanna go fast or what.

For the 1990 model year, all Legends came with body-colored side mirrors. Legend coupes had a revised body-colored front grille, new red & clear tail lights, and improved front seats. 0:20. harvnb error: no target: CITEREFDawson2004 (, Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive, Longitudinal front-engine, front-wheel drive, http://www.hondanews.com/channels/acura-automobiles/archive/1989/releases/1989-acura-legend-specifications, "Honda-Daewoo Partnership Partnership Details", https://www.forbes.com/2003/04/01/cz_jf_0401flint.html#1cac41084b64, http://news.honda.com/newsandviews/local_news_content/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Acura_Legend&oldid=975948711, Articles with dead external links from June 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Tetsuya Mizuno, Yukio Kurosu, Yoshio Ui (1982, 1984), This page was last edited on 31 August 2020, at 09:36. We use cookies to improve your experience on this website and so that ads you see online can be tailored to your online browsing interests.

This was the only six-speed sedan offered.[5]. [6], The Legend was a very successful vehicle to launch Acura as a separate division, and combined with sales of the Integra this resulted in Acura outselling longtime luxury marques BMW and Mercedes-Benz as well as Toyota's new luxury division Lexus. Seriously guys there are plenty of good rwd cars available, why cut up a Legend ? The Technics supplied 80W four speaker cassette tape stereo offered four user programmable equalizer settings, and was equipped with a dual diversity antenna, meaning it had a conventional extendable power antenna and an embedded antenna in the rear window. To reach the higher output, the Type II engine has bigger intake valves, a higher lift camshaft, and an exhaust with freer flow. The higher-end LS cars added automatic climate control, a power four-way passenger seat, burled walnut interior trim, and body colored side moldings. Registered Users do not see the above ads. High-end LS models featured a driver's-side airbag, trip computer, electronic vehicle monitoring system in the center console and a Bose sound system. The rear end appearance of the sedan was adopted from the first generation Legend coupe and Honda also wanted to visually align the appearance of both the Legend coupe and sedan to the Acura NSX. labor is cheap also. Other features such as power driver's seat memory for 3 positions were added. I've thought of that already. The Legend was a result of a joint venture with Britain's Austin Rover Group called Project XX that started in November 1981 with the Austin Rover-Honda XX letter of intent signed by the two companies to replace the Rover SD1 and to provide a luxury vehicle for Honda. Page 3 of 3 < 1: 2: 3 LinkBack: Thread Tools : Rate Thread: Display Modes: 10-04-08, 05:56 PM #31 iam94legend . It was sold in the U.S., Canada, and parts of China under Honda's luxury brand, Acura, from 1985 to 1995, as both a sedan, which was classified as a full-size car, and a coupe, which was classified as a mid-size car (similar to how the Honda Accord is set up today).

there would not be enough room for a rear axel if you leave the comparement in the same place. Get two big industrial electrial motors to drive the rear wheels. [5] The LS version of the sedan lost the option for a manual transmission and was only available with an automatic transmission from then on. Acura-Legend.com :: Acura Legend Forum :: Acura RL Forum, Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1.

Sedan models came to the market first, powered by a 151 hp (113 kW) 2.5 L C25A V6, with coupes making their first appearance in 1987, powered by a new 161 hp (120 kW) 2.7 L C27A engine. The Legend was the first production Honda vehicle to offer a V6 engine. Acura Legend KA8 exhaust no mufflers AMAZING SOUND - Duration: 0 ... Ryan Kucan 12,314 views. Exterior colors were matched to only one interior color choice and leather was not offered.

i think if you had any plans of keeping the legend even partially low to the ground, you would have to A. move the fuel tank, and B, move the spare tire compartment in some way. There are presently no rear drive vehicles available from Acura, or its parent company Honda. RWD Acura Legend????

1993 also saw the addition of dual airbags as standard equipment in all trims, the deletion of the black molding on the entry level cars, and a new wheel design with fewer spokes on the sedans (16-spoke vs. 20-spoke). Manual-equipped models could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). The Acura Legend lived up to its name and proved that Acura knew how to build a great car. The second generation Legend was a larger, more streamlined-looking car (drag coefficients were actually higher at 0.34 for sedans and 0.32 for coupes). In Japan only, Honda installed a turbocharger with variable geometry in the Legend with the smaller 2.0 L V6, called the "Wing Turbo" for model year 1989. Honda decided not to upgrade the size of the engine to a V8 because it would have upstaged the Acura NSX which has a V6 that introduced Honda's VTEC technology. The Rover was also offered with a 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder engines in tune with European tastes, however the Legend was only available with V6 power regardless of market.

The design was referred to as a "fuselage" shape, and had rear-wheel drive proportions which were possible thanks to the use of a longitudinally mounted engine; unusual for front-wheel-drive automobiles.[5].

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