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2011 Acura RL

The Acura RL is a 4 door, 5 passenger, generously equipped, midsize luxury sedan. The Acura RL is available in 3 trims, RL Sedan, RL Technology Package and RL CMBS/ACC Package. The Acura is not the best looking car in its segment, but it is reliable and comfortable.


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The Acura RL is equiped with a powerfull V6 engine. The 3.7liter V6 engine generates 300horsepower at 6200 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 5000 rpm. It can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds. An advanced all-wheel-drive system gives the RL enhanced traction and handling abilities. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The Acura RL is packed with features including keyless entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, a power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a sunroof, heated eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power rear sunshade, rear seat climate controls, an auto-dimming mirror, manual rear side sunshades, bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, voice commands for the audio and climate control systems, auxiliary audio jack, six-CD changer, satellite radio and a USB/iPod audio interface.

The Acura RL with Technology package adds heated and ventilated front seats, adaptive headlights, upgraded Bluetooth phone connectivity, a back-up camera, wood-grain steering wheel and shift knob, GPS-linked solar-sensing climate control and a navigation system with real-time traffic. The Acura RL with Technology and CMBS packages adds the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) and radar-guided adaptive cruise control.

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Standard safety features in the Acura RL include front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints and a stability control system. The optional CMBS provides a collision warnings system.

The interior of the RL is roomy, luxurious and functional. The seats are comfortable with soft and wide armrests. Though the back seats might be little uncomfortable for tall adults. The cabin is finished with leather and real wood to give classy feel. The keyless trunk in RL is nicely finished and offers 13 cubic feet of space.

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Acura ZDX

The Acyra ZDX coupe like shaped crossover.

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it stands out among today’s sport utility vehicles. It’s the best looking vehicle in Acura’s lineup. The uniquely styled ZDX brings plenty of technology to the table, as well as an excellent Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

The Acura ZDX built on the MDX platform, comes in a 5-door configuration. The rear doors open up into a reasonably sized seating area, and a large hatch allows for easy access to the cargo area. Storage space is noticeably compromised compared to the MDX.


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The base model “6-Spd AT” is equiped with a leather interior, power-adjustable front seats and dual-zone climate control. The Technology Package adds features like keyless entry, push-button start and a navigation system with voice recognition. The ZDX Advance Package adds adaptive cruise control, an adaptive damper system and speed-sensitive steering.

The Acyra ZDX 6-Spd AT is equiped with a 3.7 liter V6 engine producing 300 horsepower and 270 lbft torque with a fule economy 16mpg in city and 23mpg in highway, the 6-Spd AT Technology Package and the 6-Spd AT Advance Package has the same 3.7 liter V6 engine with same fuel economy. That much of power for a four-wheel drive crossover is quite adequate.

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Acura’s 6-speed automatic transmission adopts gear ratios specifically designed for the ZDX, and the smooth-shifting unit’s efficiency helps return those decent fuel economy numbers, but with all the other luxury automakers now offering seven and even eight-speed units, Acura seems behind the times. The company calls the manual actuation SportShift.

The interior in the ZDX is one of Acura’s best. The cargo area features side panels that can be niftily detached, allowing for such long objects. The Advance Package includes ELS premium audio, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, backup camera, and navigation with traffic and weather updates.


2010 Acura ZDX Features

6-Spd AT

Exterior Lighting
– Daytime Running Lights
– Automatic Headlights With Automatic On/Off and Time Delay
– Front Foglights
– Low Beam and High Beam B-Xenon High Intensity Discharge Headlights

– L A T C H
– Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) Body Structure
– Passenger Airbag With Dual Threshold, Dual Stage Deployment
– Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
– Front Side Airbags
– Side Guard Door Beams
– Front Active Head Restraints
– Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) Passenger Airbag Cutoff Sensor
– Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
– Automatic Locking Retractors
– Driver Airbag With Dual Threshold, Dual Stage Deployment
– Front Pretensioners With Force Limiters
– Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
– Rollover Sensor
– Front and Rear Crumple Zones
– Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
– Rear Electronic Parking Aid With Camera

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
– Interior Pollen and Dust Air Filter
– Separate Driver/Front Passenger Climate Controls
– Automatic Climate Control
– Rear Heating and Air Conditioning Ducts

– Power Telescopic Steering Column
– 2-Position Memory Steering Column
– Power Torque Sensing Rack and Pinion Variable Assisted Steering
– Power Tilt Steering Column

Interior Lighting
– Front and Rear Map Lights
– Illuminated Entry Includes Footwells
– Delayed Courtesy Lights
– Interior Load Area Light

Entertainment, Communication & Navigation
– Radio Data System
– Front Auxiliary Audio Input Jack
– USB Adapter
– HandsFreeLink(R) Wireless Communication Access For Bluetooth(R) Enabled Devices
– Acura Premium Sound System AM/FM Radio With 253-Watts, Speed Sensitive Volume and 8 Speakers Total; 6-Disc CD Changer; MP3/WMA Player; XM(R) Satellite Radio (Includes 90 Days Of Service, Unavailable In Hawaii and Alaska)
– Radio Antenna
– Subwoofer

Remote Controls & Remote Releases
– Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
– 3-Function HomeLink(R) Universal Garage Door Opener Located On Overhead Console
– Programmable Multi-Function Remote Operates Anti-Theft, Door Lock/Unlock, Illuminated Entry, Memory, Panic Alarm, Power Windows, Moonroof and Liftgate
– Panic Alarm

Braking & Traction
– Traction Control
– Front Power 330-mm Ventilated Disc and Rear Power 334-mm Solid Disc Brakes
– 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
– Electronic Brake Force Distribution
– Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(R))
– Electronic Brake Assistance
– Hill Start Control
– Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)) Vehicle Stability Control System Operated Via Engine Power Reduction, ABS and Traction Control

– Driver Power Seat Adjusts 10 Ways Total
– Front Passenger Power Seat Adjusts 8 Ways Total
– Driver Power Lumbar Support
– Leather Seats
– Front Dual Reclining Heated Sport Bucket Seats With Adjustable Seat Height, 2-Position Driver Power Memory and Adjustable Headrests
– Second Row 60/40 Split Folding Reclining Bench Seat With Manually Adjustable Headrests and Fold-Down Center Armrest

– 65-Amp/Hour, 550 Cold Cranking Amp Battery
– Towing Pre-Wiring
– Drive-By-Wire(TM) Throttle System Drive-By-Wire Control For Shifting and Throttle
– Delayed Power Retention Operates Windows and Moonroof
– 2 Front Power Outlets
– Battery Saver
– 130-Amp Alternator

– Lockable Glovebox
– Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
– Front and Rear Door Mounted Storage
– Under-Floor Storage Bin Located In Cargo Compartment
– Overhead Console Storage
– 2 Front and 2 Rear; 4 Cupholders Total
– Rear Armrest Storage
– Front Dual Seatback Storage Pockets

Interior, Design, Decor & Floor Covering
– Rear Carpeted Floor Mats
– Front Carpeted Floor Mats
– Leather Located On Center Floor Console, Doors, Instrument Panel and Shift Knob
– Leather Steering Wheel
– Carpet Located In Passenger Cabin and Cargo Area

Anti-Theft & Locks
– Power Liftgate Locks/Unlock Via Multi-Function Remote and Interior Switch
– Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Engine Immobilizer
– Programmable Power Door Locks Operated Via Key, Remote and Internal Switch With Automatic Locking
– Selective Unlocking Via Remote
– Locking Fuel Filler Door

Exterior, Design, Paint & Finish
– Rear Spoiler
– Front Air Dam
– Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
– Metallic Paint (If Selected)

– Fully Automatic Power Liftgate

– Acura Personalized Settings 2-Memory Adjustments For Driver Side Include Exterior Mirrors, HVAC, Radio, Seat and Steering Wheel
– Maintenance Minder(TM) Maintenance Interval Indicator
– Multi-Information Display Trip Computer With Trip Odometer
– Tire Pressure Monitor
– Warning Lights Include Door Ajar
– Exterior Temperature Gauge
– Digital Clock
– Cruise Control
– Tachometer
– Steering Wheel Mounted Controls For Audio, Cruise Control, Instrumentation Display, Phone, Wireless Enabled Devices and Transmission
– Voice Recognition(TM) Voice Activated Controls For Bluetooth(R) Wireless Enabled Devices

Engines & Emissions
– ULEV II Emissions
– 100,000-Miles Extended Service Interval For Tune-Up
– 3.7-Liter VTEC(R), 60-Degree V6, 24-Valve, SOHC, MPFI Engine; Front/Transverse Mounted With Horsepower Of 300@6300, Torque Of 270@4500, Alloy Block and Alloy Cylinder Heads
– Roadside Assistance Warranty For 50000-Miles, 48-Months

Sunroof/Moonroof & Removable/Convertible Top
– Front To Rear Panoramic Power Glass Tilt and Slide Moonroof
– Rear Panoramic Glass Moonroof

Wheels & Tires
– Alloy Wheels, 19-In. X 8.5-In.
– Compact Spare Tire
– SBRP255/50R19 103H Michelin(R) All-Season Mud and Snow Tires

– Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
– Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension With Coil Springs and Shock Absorbers
– 26-mm Rear Stabilizer Bar

Windows, Mirrors & Wipers
– Power Sunshades Located On Panoramic Roof
– Rear Window Defroster
– Power Windows With Driver and Passenger One-Touch Up, One-Touch Down and Pinch Protection
– Side and Rear Privacy Glass
– Electrochromic Interior Rearview Mirror
– Dual Body Color Folding Power Adjustable Heated Signaling Exterior Rearview Mirrors With 2-Position Memory and Automatic Tilt-Down
– Front Dual Sunvisors
– Vehicle Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
– Front Tinted Glass
– Front Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors

– Sequential Sportshift(TM) Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
– Sequential Sportshift(TM) 6-Speed Electronically Controlled Manually Interactive Adaptive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Floor Mounted Shifter
– Adaptive Automatic Transmission


2010 Acura ZDX Specifications

6-Spd AT

Standard Engine 3.7L V6
Standard Transmission 6 Speed Automatic
Cylinders 6
Horsepower @RPM 300@6300
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 16 / 23
Combined Fuel Economy 19
EPA Class Four Wheel Drive SUV
Number of Valves 24
Torque @RPM N/A
Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Multi-Port Fuel Injected
Turbo (Yes/No) No
Overdrive Transmission Yes
Battery Output N/A
Compression 11.2:1
Displacement 3664 / 224
Bore X Stroke 3.54×3.78
Cruising Range 399 miles
Final Drive Gear Ratio Opt N/A
Power to Weight Ratio 14.8
Final Drive Ratio No
Valves Configuration Single Overhead Cam
Supercharged No
Electric HorsePower RPM N/A
Electric Torque Feet Per Pound N/A (foot-lbs)
Electric Torque RPM N/A
Electric HorsePower BHP N/A

Interior Dimensions
Seating (Standard) 5
Seating (Optional) N/A
Tow Capacity (Standard) 1500
Tow Capacity (Maximum) 1500
Headroom (Front) 38.0
Headroom (Row 2) 35.3
Hiproom (Front) 57.3
Hiproom (Row 2) 55.3
Legroom (Front) 42.6
Legroom (Row 2) 31.1
Shoulder Room (Front) 59.7
Shoulder Room (Row 2) 55.4
Seating (Maximum) 5
Headroom (Row 3) N/A
Hiproom (Row 3) N/A
Legroom (Row 3) N/A
Shoulder Room (Row 3) N/A

Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Driveline (Opt) N/A
Steering Rack & Pinion
Steering Diameter Left 38.5
Steering Diameter Right 38.5
Suspension (Front) Independent
Suspension (Rear) Independent
Tire Type Passenger
Tire Width 255 mm
Tire Aspect Ratio 50
Tire Construction Radial
Tire wheel Diameter 19 in.

Capacity and Volume
Cargo Volume (EPA) N/A
Cargo Volume (MFR) N/A
Fuel Capacity 21.0
Passenger Volume (EPA) N/A
Passenger Volume (MFR) 91.2 cu. ft.
Box/Cargo Height N/A
Box/Cargo Length N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) N/A
Box/Cargo Width (Wall) N/A
GVWR Standard N/A
GVWR Maximum N/A
Payload Standard N/A
Payload Maximum N/A

Exterior Dimensions and Weight
Curb Weight MT N/A
Curb Weight AT 4410
Ground Clearance 7.9
Height 62.8
Length 192.4
Top Type (Standard) Hard Fixed
Top Type (Optional) N/A
Track (Front) 67.7
Track (Rear) 67.7
Weight Distribution AT (Front) 58
Weight Distribution AT (Rear) 42
Weight Distribution MT (Front) N/A
Weight Distribution MT (Rear) N/A
Wheelbase 108.3
Width 78.5
Doors (Standard) 4
Doors (Maximum) 4

Crash Test Ratings, Sales and Origin
Crash Test Rating 5* / 5*
Sales Volume N/A
Where Built Canada

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2011 Acura TL

Current owners of Acura’s best-selling TL told the company they wished their cars were sportier, with more distinctive styling. In

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September Acura will present them with the undeniably more distinct 2009 TL — a car that it says strikes a perfect balance between the rational and the emotional. We say the TL will continue to sell because it’s the obvious


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rational choice of the segment — packed with technology, comfortable to drive and priced right.

In traditional Acura form, the TL will be available in two trims — the TL and the TL SH-AWD. As you may have guessed, the one with the additional acronym is the higher level trim. But the base trim can hardly be called minimalist, since it has such standard features as leather seating, an eight-speaker stereo with Bluetooth compatibility and iPod connectivity, dual-zone climate control and a power moonroof.

The SH-AWD model is highlighted by Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive — one of the most advanced on the market today, offering enhanced dry weather enjoyment as well as wet weather traction. The SH-AWD version comes with

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18-inch wheels and tires, and also has unique sport seating, a contoured steering wheel and special stitching. Nineteen-inch wheels are also available on the SH-AWD.

Either car can be equipped with a Technology Package that includes navigation with voice recognition, an unbelievable 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera and a rear spoiler. The technology package climate control links up with GPS and a solar sensor to determine the ideal cabin temperature and humidity, and the car will tell you if you’re headed into a snowstorm or a traffic jam.

The 2009 TL comes with a 3.5-liter 280 horsepower V6 that makes 254 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. Despite being bigger than the 3.2-liter V6 of the previous TL, the new engine manages the same gas mileage at 18/26 mpg (city/hwy). This can be attributed to a more advanced valve-timing system and the change to electric power steering. The 3.5-liter V6 is matched with a five-speed automatic transmission, which drives the front wheels.

Acura estimates that 25 percent of buyers will opt for the SH-AWD model, which comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that bumps output to 305 horsepower, making it the most powerful production Acura ever made. The larger engine generates 273 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm, and gas mileage goes down to 17/25 mpg (city/hwy).

In the SH-AWD, the same five-speed transmission supplies rev-matched downshifts via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and is linked to a shorter final drive to help acceleration. In 2010 a manual transmission will be offered, but Acura won’t say which trim will be the recipient.

The cabin of the 2009 TL is full of multifunction buttons, rotary knobs and displays to cover an array of electronic systems. It’s the polar opposite of BMW’s all-in-one iDrive system, and it’s about as effective.

Every TL will seat five in a plush leather interior, and whether you opt for the seats of the base TL or the more supportive SH-AWD seats, your rear end will never complain. There is a neat drawer in the armrest, perfect for an mp3 player or cell phone, and there’s another compartment in the passenger footwell that’s ideal for storing such antiquated methods of music reproduction as the CD.

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The new TL is bigger than a current RL, and it’s heavier than the previous TL. But the front-wheel-drive model is perfectly capable of transporting techies to Circuit City. And despite being more powerful than its predecessor, there is almost none of the torque steer that once plagued the TL.

The SH-AWD has more sporting pretensions. Lay into the gas and the engine elicits a surprising roar, but you aren’t exactly rocketing forward with 3,983 pounds to motivate. Acura assures us this car is faster than its predecessor, but it somehow doesn’t feel that way. The paddle shifters are fun to use, but the shift algorithm needs work to match the sportiness of six-speed offerings from the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, often taking a second to react to tugs of the paddle and sometimes misguessing the correct revs altogether.

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2011 acura tl review

Twin-piston front brakes are a vast improvement in pedal feel and effort over the previous model. The SH-AWD has functional brake cooling ducts in the front bumper.

In response to customer requests, the shock absorbers have a “blow-off” function, which allows them to be taut in the twisties, but react incredibly quickly on sharp impacts. Our drive in the SH-AWD confirmed their effectiveness, striking up an impressive compromise between handling and comfort.

James Tate

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2010 Acura TSX

What to wear when you’re up and coming? If it’s automotive fashion, Acura’s TSX sports sedan is a chic pick.

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Natty. Lean. Electronically savvy. Zippy and with a nod to the environment, the TSX impresses the boss and pleases the performance soul without bragging or brawling. Acura’s carefully rendered second generation TSX retains all the performance while adding better handling,


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Model Lineup

Because a sports sedan’s lot in life is well-defined, the 4-door-only TSX is optimized with a single 4-cylinder powertrain and pleasantly taut suspension. Additionally, as a premium brand Acura sells only well-equipped vehicles, so the TSX boasts an impressive list of standard features. In fact there is only one major option, the Technology Package. It groups the audio upgrade with a voice-activated navigation, traffic, weather and rearview camera system.

Aside from the Technology Package, TSX buyers need to choose between the equally priced manual or optional automatic transmissions — a surprisingly close choice as we’ll see. Another is to run with the standard 17 x 7.5-inch 5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels and P225/50R-17 all-season Michelin Pilot tires, or opt

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for the 18-inch wheel upgrade.

Don’t worry if the Technology Package is out of reach. Standard audio is a 7-speaker sound system with CD, XM radio, Bluetooth for hands-free connectivity, MP3 and USB music interfaces. HomeLink remote control is also standard, as is a power moonroof, heated leather seating, HID headlights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, plus front, side and curtain airbags. Base TSXs really aren’t.

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2010 acura tsx

Under the Hood

Defining the TSX’s lean personality is its tuned version of parent company Honda’s 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. Designed to rev, the TSX mill whips out 201 hp at 7000 rpm and 170 lb- ft of torque at 4300 rpm when coupled with the 6-speed manual transmission, or 172 lb- ft at 4400 rpm with the 5-speed automatic. To keep the TSX lithely responsive there is no V6 option.

That’s no loss, since the 4-cylinder’s sophistication and light weight make a formidable combo. A die-cast aluminum block with iron liners and dual balance shafts is just the beginning. Breathing is via 4-valves per cylinder, optimized by variable valve lift, duration, and intake-cam timing. For 2009 the intake tract has been enlarged and the compression ratio raised to a sporting 11.0:1. The only downside is a premium-fuel requirement.

It’s worth noting the automatic transmission offers paddle shifting and actually nips the manual gearbox in fuel mileage ratings. The EPA says the manual gearbox box scores 20/28 mpg (city/hwy), while the automatic is rated at 21/30. A lower final drive ratio for the manual (4.764 vs. 4.438:1) is the likely culprit.

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2010 acura tsx

Inner Space

Acura says the TSX cockpit blends, “luxury, performance and technology in equal measure” and it’s a pretty apt description. Polished aluminum and leather mingle with a mix of digital and analog instruments to form an inviting, comfortable driving space with a high-tech vibe. Standard features abound, from comfort items such as heated seats to techy 12-volt and USB interfaces. Sporting aids include well-placed paddle shifters and dead pedal.

Increased shoulder room, freshened instrument graphics and a thicker, leather-wrapped steering wheel represent some of the detail improvements, but the major upgrades are in the optional Technology Package’s electronic aids. Three interior colors — Ebony, Taupe and Parchment — are offered.

On the Road

Slashing through mountain curves confirms Acura’s strengthening of the TSX’s body shell. This was accomplished via a cross-braced roof, replacement of bolted body junctions with welding, and more high-strength steel. The A-arm front and multi-link rear suspension — along with the subframes to which they attach — are both more rigid and better isolated from the cabin for reduced road noise.

As a sports sedan with luxury intentions, the TSX deftly walks a narrow line between handling and a plush ride. New dual-mode shocks seem to do an especially good job soaking up sharp impacts. The latest TSX corners a pinch flatter, with more accurate steering, yet rides at least as well as the earlier-generation TSX.

We sampled both the manual and automatic transmission and couldn’t decide which we enjoyed more. Urban commuters can opt for paddle shifting knowing they aren’t giving up a hint of performance; in fact the automatic feels faster than the manual. Of course, the manual-transmission buyer maximizes the interaction and total control of conventional shifting.

Our final powertrain thought is that the TSX is not really any faster than before — but it didn’t need to be. It is more refined, however, and now gets up to 2 mpg better mileage.

Right for You?

If the $29,000 to $35,000 pricing is within reach, the thought of buying premium gasoline doesn’t deter, and a shot of agile performance makes your everyday driving more fun, then you’ll enjoy the TSX. There are many sport sedan choices in this price range, including the more conservative BMW 3-Series or the turbo-powered Volvo S40. But the TSX’s balanced platform and welterweight personality give it an important place in the hot sedan universe.

Longtime Road & Track contributor Tom Wilson’s credits include local racing championships, three technical engine books and hundreds of freelance articles.

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