The newly launched 2009 Honda Legend has recently been launched here in NZ, but what can we expect from the latest version of this well known luxury model.
With a larger 3.7 litre V6 engine the 2009 Honda Legend delivers more power and more torque than the previous model. The 2009 Legend has undergone a redesign with the inclusion of new lights, bonnet, grille, front wings, boot lid, bumpers and the adoption of standard 18″ alloy wheels. Under the restyled bonnet the much bigger 3.7 litre engine provides 226kW of power at 6,300pm, up from 217kW at 6,200rpm, and 370Nm of torque at 5000rpm, up from 351Nm.
The Legend comes standard with satellite navigation and built in reversing camera, front seats feature 10-way power adjustability and the steering wheel has been redesigned for greater comfort. The 10-speaker Bose Sound System has been improved with the addition of a USB socket to enable the easy connection and control of an iPod or other MP3 device.
Driving performance is enhanced by the inclusion of Honda’s Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) that distributes torque between the front and rear wheels, up to 70 percent either way. When powered through a corner the Legend can send 100 percent of the rear torque to the outside rear wheel, to increase the turning precision and help steer the vehicle through the corner.
The Legend’s 5-speed automatic transmission now has wheel mounted paddle shifters to offer the driver more control. Live gear selection is available all the time in D-mode, reverting back to automatic selection after a short period of relaxed driving, while S-mode offers full manual operation.
The combined effects of the improved transmission and increase in torque mean that the new Honda Legend can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than previously. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions have also improved over the previous model, despite the increased acceleration performance.
The ergonomic placement of trip computer, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel is designed to minimise distraction. The main controls for the audio and air conditioning are available on the centre console and are enhanced through the centre control panel’s two-way selector. Functions available include trip computer, GPS positioning with compass, calendar with memo function, calculator and conversions. Trip details are also available on the dash display.
The Legend comes with dual stage, dual threshold front airbags, side airbags with occupant position detection system, side curtain airbags and front seat active head rests. Front seat pre-tensioners are present to take up the slack whilst driving and also pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in an accident. ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist are also standard as is VSA to assist in avoiding any accident.
The 2009 Honda Legend is priced at $93,000 (plus on road costs) The Legend is available in Alberta White, Obsidian, Gunmetal, Tuscan Gold, Silver Jade, Royal Ruby Red, Super Platinum Silver and Opulent Blue.