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The Honda Legend is a large automobile made by the Honda Motor Company of Japan. It was originally developed as part of Project XX, a joint venture with the Austin Rover Group of England and was a twin of the Rover 800 series.
The Legend was initially a four-door sedan, with a two-door coupe added later. It was the model which launched Honda's upscale Acura brand in the United States.
The first-generation Honda Legend was manufactured till 1990, with a second-generation model (also offered as a sedan and coupe) launching in 1991. The Rover 800 was not renewed, continuing on the old XX platform.
In 1995, the American Legend was renamed the Acura RL, while the Legend name continued in Japan and other markets into a third generation.
The third-generation model was offered as a sedan only. A mid-term facelift came in 1999.
The swoopier fourth-generation Honda Legend was launched on October 7, 2004 and became Japan's Car of the Year for 2004 - 5, marking the fourth time in five years that Honda has taken the award. The new car has a 300 PS engine and an intelligent night-vision system to detect pedestrians.
The Acura Legend was one of the first two car models sold by Honda's Acura luxury brand and sold as the Honda Legend outside North America. It was available as a four door sedan and later a two door coupe produced from 1986 and replaced by the RL in 1996.
The first generation Legend was produced from 1986 to 1990. It was one of two cars that Honda initially began selling in North America branded as Acuras. For the 1986 and 1987 model years, the sedan used a 2.5 L C25 V6. 1987 coupes and 1988 and newer sedans got the new 2.7 L C27 V6 engine.
The first generation Legend shared many parts and had a similar appearance to the Rover 800 (sold in the US as the Sterling) and production of this car continued until 1998.
The second generation Legend was produced from 1991 to 1995. It used the larger 3.2 L C32A engine. There was a significant freshening of the second generation Legend in 1993, including engine & transmission upgrades and numerous detail changes.
The second generation Legend offered two versions of the C32A engine, beginning with the 1993 model year. The 1993 Legend coupe was the first to feature the more powerful engine, dubbed the TYPE II. The Type II produced 230 horsepower while the original version offered 200. In the 94-95 model years the Type II engine was also standard in the GS sedan as well as the coupe.
The Legend Coupe was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1987. The coupe also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1988 through 1990.