Hey, you’re a leg­end

Honda says Leg­end sales are OK, writes STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

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MORE power, more torque, im­proved looks . . . the new Honda Leg­end has it all. But the Ja­panese firm isn’t ex­pect­ing more sales. Honda’s flag­ship has been given a mid-life over­haul af­ter fall­ing short of its sales tar­gets lo­cally. But even though it failed to reach its tar­get of 60 sales a month, Honda Aus­tralia is happy with its range-top­ping model, which was re­launched two years ago.

‘‘The cur­rent model has sold 700 since its launch, which is pretty much on tar­get. The car is a show­case for tech­nol­ogy. It was never meant to be a vol­ume seller,’’ Honda Aus­tralia’s Mark Hig­gins says.

Last year Honda sold 404 ex­am­ples of the Leg­end — well be­low its tar­get of 600 — de­spite hav­ing repo­si­tioned it at $74,500 af­ter the price had crept to­wards $90,000 on the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.

But Hig­gins says the com­pany was happy with those num­bers. Stock prob­lems through­out its run had ham­pered sales of the pre­vi­ous model.

‘‘We hope this new car will achieve all its tar­gets and ob­jec­tives. I think we were happy with where the old model set­tled, about 30 a month. We see it at that level.’’

The 2009-model Leg­end is the most pow­er­ful Honda road car the com­pany has pro­duced. The old model’s 3.5-litre V6 has grown to 3.7-litres and now pro­duces 226kW of power and 370Nm of torque. That’s up from 217kW and 351Nm from the old unit.

De­spite the power in­crease, fuel use has been marginally re­duced from 11.8 litres/ 100km to 11.3 litres/100km.

The Leg­end re­tains its Su­per Han­dling all­wheel-drive sys­tem and drive-by-wire throt­tle, but gets an up­dated five-speed Se­quen­tial Sport­sShift trans­mis­sion.

On the out­side the car has more than a dozen cos­metic changes. At the front is a new bon­net, bi-xenon head­lights, grille and bumper. The rear gets a new boot with in­te­grated spoiler, bumper, lights and ex­haust. There are new 18-inch al­loy wheels and side rocker pan­els.

Con­tin­u­ing the tech­no­log­i­cal theme, the ‘‘acous­tic wind­screen’’ fea­tures a thin film of butyl al­co­hol sand­wiched be­tween two glass pan­els to in­crease sound pro­tec­tion. There is also the Honda Ac­tive noise-can­cel­la­tion sys­tem, which trans­mits acous­tic sig­nals into the cabin to re­duce noise.

The in­te­rior has new seats, steer­ing wheel, BOSE sound sys­tem and cli­mate con­trol. But the changes come at a price. The 2009 Leg­end now costs from $77,500.

Some­thing to bang on about: the new Honda Leg­end has an ‘‘acous­tic wind­screen’’, which is a thin film of butyl al­co­hol sand­wiched be­tween two glass pan­els to in­crease sound pro­tec­tion.

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