The History of Honda Legend

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The History Of Honda Legend

page is about this Japanese model. See Acura for information on the North American Sections of this article are from Japanese Wikipedia.

The Legend is a Full-size luxury car by the Japanese automaker Honda. It was developed as part of Project XX, a venture with the Austin Group of Great Britain and was a of the Rover 800 series.

The Legend was a four-door sedan, with a coupé added later. It was the which launched Honda’s Acura brand in the United Honda was inspired by the word to create the first Honda with a V6.

The first and second-generation Legend was known as the Acura in North American markets 1986-1995, and in 1996 the third-generation was as the Acura RL, while the Legend is still used in Japan and markets.

Honda introduced the as a flagship sedan to compete the JDM Nissan Cedric and Nissan twins, the Toyota Crown, and the Mazda Luce, and Mitsubishi Unlike the Nissan twins and the the Legend is not used for taxi In the USA, the Legend competed larger rear wheel V8 sedans Lexus LS and the Infiniti however, the Legend was marketed the slightly smaller Executive car that include the BMW 5 series, A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Jaguar

The Legend hardtop coupe was to compete with the Nissan coupe, the Toyota Soarer, and Cosmo.

The Legend was based on the 1985 Accord, but was the first Honda with a V6 engine. Honda to appeal to wealthy middle-aged who were the traditional buyers of the Crown and Nissan Cedric as well as European mid-sized The major difference between the and the Toyota and Nissan sedans was the Legend was front wheel

The Legend was never vigorously in Europe, possibly due to perceived in the market place with its cousin. The first-generation Honda was manufactured from 1985 1990.

This was the first vehicle to offer a driver airbag, anti-lock brakes. belt pre-tensioners, and Traction labeled as TCS by Honda. The Legend was the first car to use traction control on a wheel drive vehicle. The also was introduced with a wishbone suspension both and rear. The V6 engine was only with multi-port fuel that was computer controlled.

The level identified as Exclusive genuine wood trim on the and center console, and 100% moquette cloth upholstery, other options such as adjustable rear seats, passenger climate control, and power folding mirrors and handles. The coupe was introduced 6, 1987.

October 14, 1988 saw a restyle offered for the interior and to provide a more luxurious in comparison to the Nissan and Toyota sedans the Legend was competing The coupe offered double suspension both front and also at this time.

The sedan with trim Xi was used as the pace car at the Suzuka

The 5 speed manual transmission was available on the 2.0 L and 2.5 L engines.

Wing version

In 1989, Honda a version of the first-generation Legend included a highly unique charger called a Wing The turbo was unique due to its use of Variable Geometry, making it one of the few production to ever utilize this This turbo was paired the C20A engine to produce (193PS; 190bhp) net at 6000 rpm and a torque of 24.6kg·m (241N·m; at 3500 rpm. In Japan, engine was offered in vehicles as 2.0 Ti Exclusive and 2.0 Ti.

This engine was not for sale in any USA-spec Honda

Engine specifications

The second model was introduced October 24 and continued to offer both a and coupé. The Rover 800 was not updated to the new and instead continued with the old XX In Japan, this Legend was known as the Super Legend due to the larger 3.2 C32A engine, was now the only engine offered in the The Type I engine was rated at (158.1kW; 212.1bhp), and the Type II was at 235PS (172.8kW; 231.8bhp) and with the touring system. Legend benefited from of the research and testing done for new mid-engined high performance car, the Honda NSX, and the was used as a test platform for new NSX and research. Honda introduced a side airbag on this and used off-set collision to improve collision performance and Trim level designations changed to Alpha for the top level and Beta for the lower grade. No trim levels were The Alpha was very well offering ABS, leather or wool moquette upholstery, beam headlights, and dual-zone air

The Japan Domestic Market of the 1990 Legend (2nd was the first vehicle offered a navigation system called the Gyrocator, although it was not satellite-based and relied on accelerometers.

September saw an upgrade to the Alpha trim called the Touring Series, added the Honda Progressive suspension system, and included calipers for the front and rear brakes, and increased the wheel to 16 inches. A Luxman premium system was added to the options

The transmission selections were to a 4 speed automatic transmission for Japan, and a 5 speed manual was offered for vehicles exported, a 6 speed manual transmission offered as well.

American Harrison Ford did commercials in for the Legend.

The prefectural police of Aomori used Beta with the Type II engine for monitoring.

The second-generation Legend was manufactured by Daewoo in South from 1993 to 2000 the name of Daewoo Arcadia, for the Asian market.

The third Legend appeared February 14, continuing the Honda tradition of wheel drive, and increasing the displacement to 3.5 L with the horsepower at 215PS (158.1kW; 212.1bhp). The Honda internal platform for this vehicle is E-KA9.

Honda legend ka9 luxman sound system

The trim level Exclusive as the upper level car, the standard grade vehicle as Euro, with the more tuned suspension.The wood used was more upscale for the vehicle with a lower wood used on the Euro. vehicles were very equipped. The instruments used simplified from previous but 100% wool moquette was still offered, along optional leather. The Luxman sound system was still The styling was said to more resemble Mercedes-Benz and a transponder key system was offered.

September 21, saw a minor styling change, the front grille cutting the front bumper, providing a prominent front grille. was increased on providing a luxurious of style, both inside and Side impact airbags now the dual front airbags as equipment.

September 24, 1999 saw the meet emissions regulations to with California LEV requirements.

19, 2003 saw the interior updated, and wood was offered for interior Electro-luminescent instruments were as well as a higher grade of interior.

The third-generation Legend was in 1996, and the third-generation model was as a sedan only. A mid-term came in 1999. The Legend on sale in Australia starting the 2007 model year, on the third-generation RL.

In the USA market, when the coupe was discontinued, they offered the Acura CL 2 door that was based on the American Honda Accord coupe so as to offering a top level 2 door

The swoopier fourth-generation Honda was launched on October 7, 2004 and Japan’s Car of the Year for 2004–5, the fourth time in five that Honda has taken the The new car has a 300PS (296hp/221kW) engine and in the Japanese market Honda an intelligent night-vision system automatic pedestrians detection in or the vehicle’s path. The newly J35A 3.5 L V6 was changed from a 90 v to a 60 degree, and added VTEC to efficiency. The horsepower no longer with Japanese auto self imposed horsepower and the engine was capable of 300PS 295.9bhp). Honda began to the Acura division into Hong Kong, and China.

introduced four wheel technology on the Legend, called which earned Honda the Car of the Year, and Mosuto 2005 RJC technology of the Year award. was introduced on the 5 speed automatic

VTEC technology was introduced on vehicle for the first time. was added by the MUGEN division, the M1 package.

September 15, 2005 saw a body restyle, which a rear backup camera.

The and Kumamoto Prefectures adoped Legend as the official car for local government officials.

The Legend a Mid-Model Change (MMC) for the model year.

The Honda offered some additional safety features, including Keeping Assistance System Intelligent Night Vision, and a pop-up hood for pedestrian The LKAS could actually small steering adjustments to a car in lane so long as the radius of the was more than 220 meters, was the legal minimum in Japan. The would relinquish control at the steering input so the driver had at all times. The night vision uses a separate heads up display on the center of the windshield. Far cameras do not require a light and the software is able to detect like figures, surround the with a red box and give audible tones. The pop-up hood a series of sensors that can a pedestrian-like object being onto the hood. An actuator pop the hood up at the rear, close to the of the windshield, 10 cm (4 inches) to help pedestrian injuries, especially trauma. All markets feature absorbing hood and fender and deformable windshield wiper to minimize pedestrian injury.

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