From Acura press: Since its debut in 2002, the RSX has carved a solid niche in the sports coupe segment, and with the important "tuner" market. Available in two distinct models- the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S- this sports coupe serves as an important point of entry for the brand, introducing youthful performance enthusiasts to the Acura line-up of precision-crafted performance luxury vehicles.
The RSX has won an assortment of industry awards including being named to Car and Driver's "10Best" and Ward's "10 Best Engines" lists. With their high-performance engines, abundant luxury features, advanced safety and security systems, and innovative cockpit and body designs, the RSX and RSX Type-S have set a bold standard of driving excitement and refinement in the sports coupe segment.
The RSX is powered by a 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower SAE net (Rev 8/04)* at 6500 rpm and 139 lb-ft. of torque SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 4000 rpm. The RSX features either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.
The two engines offered in the Acura RSX incorporate a host of innovative features designed to deliver a cutting-edge combination of performance, fuel efficiency, and low emissions. Most apparent is the i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system, a technology that combines VTC (Variable Timing Control)- which continuously adjusts camshaft phase- with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) -- which changes valve lift, timing, and duration. Combining these two systems results in impressive horsepower and torque with outstanding fuel economy and low exhaust emissions.
The RSX engine is an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder design that uses 16 valves, a dual-stage intake manifold, and the i-VTEC system (VTC on intake cam shaft only) to deliver 155 horsepower SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 6500 rpm and 139 lb-ft. of torque SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 4000 rpm.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the high-performance RSX Type-S model adds a high-performance version of the i-VTEC system and a fixed, high-volume intake manifold. The Type-S engine produces 201 horsepower SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 7800 rpm and 140 lb-ft. of torque SAE net (Rev 8/04) at 7000 rpm.