The Acura TL has always been a nice luxury car for the money, but not usually considered a full performance alternative to the BMW 5-Series . Now it seems Honda’s luxury division is taking a step to change that by announcing that the 2010 TL will be offered with all-new 6-speed manual transmission.
Although this is not the first time a six-speed manual has been offered by Acura, there are two important distinctions. First, the new transmission has closer ratios for shorter shifts, while weighing approximately 110 lbs less than the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Second, this is the first time the manual will be available with the all-wheel drive system. The combination may not seem like much, but a true car enthusiasts never prefer full automatic transmissions, and Acura’s investment into a manual gearbox may signal the first sign of a serious war with the Germans.
Press release after the jump.