It was reported last month that Honda was planning a V8 option for the new-generation Acura RL within 18 months but according to AutoObserver, plans may be delayed. In a recent interview, Honda president Takeo Fukui admitted that the 3.7 V6, currently the range-topping option for the RL, wasn’t sufficient enough to compete with other premium brands.
Fukui said that for the 2010 or 2011 Acura RL design, Honda will stick with a V6. It’s the following-generation that is due out around 2015 that will get the V8 option.
Honda insiders also noted that there is no V8 in the immediate product pipeline.