The RL's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system impresses us in theory, but our limited time behind the wheel didn't allow us to realize the performance advantages that the company...
... assures us become obvious on a racetrack. While we weren't able to test the limits of adhesion, the car felt taut enough even if the steering was light and a little vague.
Its 3.2-liter VTEC V6 produces 290 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque, impressive figures for a normally aspirated six-cylinder engine, but with those peak figures waiting at the high-end of the rev range the RL can take a few seconds to gain momentum. Given room to run and a firm right foot, however, the RL gets stronger and stronger.