From Acura press: Available in two distinct models-the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S-this sports coupe ideally complements the Acura line-up of precision-crafted luxury performance vehicles. With their high-performance engines, abundant luxury features, advanced safety and security systems, and innovative cockpit and body designs, the 2004 RSX and RSX Type-S set a bold standard of driving excitement and refinement in the sports coupe class.
Boasting more power and luxury than the Integra, which it replaced, the RSX is designed for well-informed, youthful driving enthusiasts seeking advanced style and superior performance.
In keeping with the engineering team's goal of delivering a race-bred driving experience, the RSX is equipped with a next-generation, 16-valve, DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Acura's i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control system. The i-VTEC system contributes to an impressive 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm while also enhancing fuel efficiency and emissions control. The RSX features either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.
The RSX Type-S is powered by a high-output version of the DOHC 2.0-liter engine that incorporates an even higher-performance i-VTEC system-helping to produce a remarkable 100 horsepower per liter (200 horsepower @ 7400 rpm). As the ideal complement to this high-tech powerplant, the RSX Type-S comes exclusively with a close-ratio, 6-speed, short-throw manual 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 high torque with outstanding fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. In addition, the RSX's transversely mounted engine block has been rotated 180 degrees, bringing the exhaust manifold closer to the catalyst for improved light-off and reduced emissions at start-up.