9 April 2004

Don’t be fooled by the badge: this Acura RL, unveiled at this week’s New York show, will come to the UK next autumn as the new Honda Legend.

The four-door will offer Honda’s new four-wheel-drive system, dubbed Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive. It uses electromagnetic clutches to apportion up to 70 per cent of torque to either axle, and then between the rear wheels, depending on which has the better grip.

With that kind of traction, Honda will be able to create a Type-R performance derivative and insiders have suggested it could receive close to 300bhp.

That’s a big hike from the previous car, which offered 205bhp, in saloon or coupé form. First sold in the UK in ’91, the Legend was overlooked by British motorists, who favoured the Rover 800 – a car based on the Legend’s underpinnings.

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