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2003 Acura 3.2CL

3.2CL: Both CL models for 2003 -- base 3.2CL and Type-S performance model -- look sleek in wedge format with fresh exterior forms obviously inspired by shapes of classic Gran Turismo coupes out of Europe. The face changes with a new tipped-back grille trimmed in chrome that squeezes between composite lenses shielding xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. Monochromatic bumpers and cladding convey the understated elegance of elite luxury coupes. Inside, the cabin stocks twin buckets in front of a bench with carved seats for two plus luxurious appointments. Engines compare to 3.2TL with the base edition generating 225 hp but the tweaked Type-S increasing to 260 hp. Standard transmission for both base CL and Type-S is an electronic automatic five-speed with Honda's SportShift, but Type-S for 2003 also offers a malleable new six-speed manual. With the automatic installed, Type-S adds Acura's VSA. Type-S with six-speed manual eliminates VSA in favor of a limited-slip differential.