I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but oh well.... Acura was the first Japanese luxury division to hit our shores with 1986 model Acura Legends and Integras. They attracted their share of buyers but didn't really put a dent in European luxury sales. The interior and exterior of the Legend could best be described as a fancier version of the Accord. From 1986 to 1990, they didn't make that much progress and didn't make that much of an impression. They showed commercials where the Acura legend was topping at 128mph (nothing out of the ordinary).....Then came LEXUS..1989... Now Lexus was an Automotive revelation that started panic amonst the Americans, Swedes, and more significantly the Germans. Americans and Swedes have their loyal buyers that continue to buy Cadilacs and Volvos. The Germans were in trouble though. The LS400 came with a DOHC 250 horsepower V8 that did 0-60 in under 8 seconds and topped nearly 150mph. It came with many innovative features and amenities (like steering wheel that raises so you can get out of the car, Electrolumnesent projected gauges, and first class available Nakamichi sound system) for a price starting at $35,000. BMW's $52K 735i had a 208 horsepower inline 6 and Mercedes had a V8 in their 420SEL but was $63,000...Tons of BMW and Mercedes buyers scrambled to Lexus dealerships to trade their cars in. I remember driving by the Lexus dealership back in 1990 and seeing all the second hand BMW's and Mercedes in Lexus lots. Lexus chased BMW to produce V8's and Mercedes back to the drawing boards.....It was Lexus that produced the dent in the Luxury Automotive industry...not Acura.... Finally after 15 years does Acura consider putting a V8 in their RL. Sorry....but in my opinion, Acura is a few steps behind Lexus in prestige, refinement, fit & finish, luxury etc... Lexus RULES!