Acura RSX Type-S
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 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.
The RSX Type-S is available exclusively with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. The low final gear ratio provides enhanced acceleration. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide the lightning-quick shift action of a race car transmission. Synchronizers (triple cone on gears 1 and 2, double cone on gears 3 and 4, and single cone carbon on gears 5 and 6) help reduce shifting load for a light, responsive feel. The Type-S also includes a short-throw clutch with a torsion mechanism that considerably reduces gear rattle.
The RSX Type-S uses the same high-performance three rocker arm VTEC design as the NSX, to vary the lift and duration of both the intake and exhaust valves for maximum power output. At lower rpm, the valves follow low lift, short duration camshaft profiles to help boost low-end torque. Above 5,800 rpm, the intake and exhaust valves are operated by high-lift, long-duration cam profiles, for maximum high rpm horsepower.