Acura Factory Performance' Renamed A-SPEC(TM) High Performance Package for 2004 TL Debuts at SEMA

Acura is re-launching its Acura Factory Performance program as Acura A-SPEC, the company announced today at SEMA. When launching the program at last year's SEMA show with the announcement of a performance kit for the Acura RSX Type-S, Acura called the program Acura Factory Performance. The name change was made to brand Acura's program and differentiate it from Honda Factory Performance, a similar program for Honda vehicles.

"A-SPEC stands for the highest level of quality and engineering, and more accurately reflects the standard we're striving for with our high performance accessory package program," said Jim Roach, American Honda vice president of the Parts Division.

Acura announced today that an A-SPEC kit for the 2004 TL will be available in November. The kit features track-tuned shocks and springs that lower the car by approximately one inch. These suspension modifications combine with performance brake pads (on automatic transmission-equipped models) 18x8.5 alloy wheels fitting with Yokohama high performance tires to provide a firm, aggressive driving experience while still maintaining comfort during every day driving. A deck lid (or rear wing) spoiler and aero kit are also included. Both are manufactured to match factory-molded components and are color matched to factory specifications.

Although an MSRP for the package has not yet been determined, it will be priced at approximately $5,000 not including installation. Like all A-SPEC kits, the TL performance package must be installed by an authorized Acura dealer and will be covered under a full factory warranty.

"The new 2004 TL has a high performance engine and chassis with styling to match," said Roach. "The A-SPEC kit takes this aggressive styling and sporty handling a step further, leaving no doubt that the new TL is an extremely stylish, performance-oriented car."

The TL A-SPEC package will include:

  • High performance, track-tuned shocks and springs
  • Performance brake pads (automatic transmission-equipped models)
  • Lightweight 18x8.5 alloy wheels
  • High performance Yokohama 235/40-R18 95W tires
  • Choice of deck lid or rear wing spoiler
  • Aero kit
  • A-SPEC steering wheel
  • A-SPEC badging
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