Legend with 3.5 litre, V6, 24-valve
20th March 2006.
If the Honda
Civic Type R Concept was meant to wet the younger
appetites, the Japanese carmaker stand at the latest
Geneva motor show (2-12 March) was also the place where
the new generation Legend four-door premium saloon / sedan
made its European debut.
After its launch was celebrated in its
Japanese-specification just over a year ago, with Honda's
new Intelligent Night Vision System, the
new generation Honda
Legend comes now in its
panels include sub frames, bonnet, boot
lid and front wings.
While the night vision system is still
only available in Japan, the European-specification Legend
comes with many advanced technologies such as the Super
Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system (see below), a
pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection, Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) to maintain a safe distance from a vehicle
in front, the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS)
which predicts potential collision situations and reacts
accordingly, Active Front lighting System, satellite
navigation with voice recognition, reversing camera and
In addition, right-hand-drive models
also have the option of Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS).
The Legend comes with 3.5 litre, V6,
24-valve, all-aluminium SOHC VTEC engine which produces
295 PS at 6,200 rpm and 353 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm,
with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Inside, Honda’s
flagship saloon features quality leather and wood trim.
The use of a number of aluminium body
panels including the sub frames, bonnet, boot lid and
front wings, helped performance further by keeping down
overall weight, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to
100km/h in 7.3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 250 km/h (see
5 meter long, 1847mm wide, with a
Kerb weight is 1864-1882 kg (depending
on equipment) with a body which is 4957mm long, 1847mm
wide, 1452mm high and a wheelbase measuring 2800mm .
The Legend comes as standard with the Active
Front lighting System (AFS). When cornering, the
inboard light swivels by up to 20 degrees according to
input form steering and vehicle speed sensors to
illuminate a larger area of road surface throughout the
corner, thus minimising blind spots.
The standard-fit Super
Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) works in
conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Assist system,
providing an all-wheel drive system with a unique layout
which distributes the optimum amount of torque not only
between the front and rear wheels, but also between each
leather and wood trim, with many advanced
During straight line cruising and
moderate cornering, up to 70 per cent of torque is
delivered to the front wheels. During full throttle
acceleration or spirited driving, up to 70 per cent of
available torque is directed to the rear wheels for
increased acceleration and enhanced cornering.
When accelerating during cornering,
SH-AWD overdrives the outer rear wheel by up to 5 per cent
using an exclusive acceleration device, while
electromagnetic clutches in the rear axle send up to 100
per cent of rear torque to that wheel. If the car is
decelerating during cornering, the torque balance is
controlled to counteract oversteer. The result is enhanced
steering feel, stability and class-leading cornering
The Legend’s lightweight chassis and
double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension
systems are tuned to complement the SH-AWD system and
deliver a linear cornering feel and a smooth ride.
Breakes adopt large ventilated discs
and four-piston front callipers, with ABS, EBD and Brake
Other available driving assist systems
– Adaptive Cruise Control
(ACC) can be specified as an option. It uses a
grille-mounted radar to adjust speed automatically by
applying either brake or throttle to maintain a consistent
distance to a vehicle directly in front.
– ACC is logically supplemented with
the Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) which
predicts potential collision situations and reacts
If CMBS determines that the closing
rate between the Legend and the vehicle directly in front
has increased beyond an acceptable level, visual and
audible warnings prompt the driver to take preventive
action. If the distance further diminishes, the system
provides a tactile warning by gently retracting the
seatbelt and applies light braking. If an accident seems
to be unavoidable, the system applies strong braking and
strong retraction of the front seatbelts via
E-Pretensioners to reduce the speed of impact and to
mitigate the damage of a collision.
– Right-hand drive models can also be
specified with the Lane Keeping Assist System
(LKAS), already seen on the 2006 Honda Accord. This uses a
camera mounted behind the top of the windscreen to
identify the lane in which the vehicle is travelling and
to correct any deviation via an appropriate input to the
A number of pedestrian protection
measures have been adopted in line with other Honda
models, but unique to the Legend and one of the first such
systems on the market is a pop-up bonnet.
Activation in the event of an accident is by a pyrotechnic
device; occurring in milliseconds, its effect is to help
cushion the pedestrian’s body. Dual stage front
airbags, side and curtain airbags complete the
standard safety package.
The new Legend comes with a standard
premium 10-speaker Bose audio system with Bose Cabin
Surround sound and AudioPilot active noise cancellation,
which neutralises road, wind and other intrusive noises by
sending out an opposite phase signal through the audio
The satellite navigation features
RDS-TMS which displays up-to-the-minute traffic
information (where available) on screen and plots
alternative routes around traffic congestion, with voice
recognition control (English, German and Italian –
French and Spanish will be added in the near future).
Voice commands may also be used to control audio and
climate control functions.
Parking is made all the easier by a
rear view camera whose image is displayed on the 8 inch
A Bluetooth wireless mobile phone
interface permits further hands-free operation, with
steering wheel mounted buttons to control its operation.
For further information about product
availabilities, prices, standard and optional equipments
in your market, you can visit Honda's
world website and then select your country.