For 2002, Acura redefines the sports coupe segment with the introduction of a thrilling, race-bred replacement for the legendary Acura Integra: the all-new RSX. Available in two distinct models - ;the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S - this all-new 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 new cockpit and body designs, the RSX and RSX Type-S are designed to set a bold new standard of driving excitement and refinement in the sports coupe class.
Boasting more power and luxury than the Integra, the RSX is designed for well-informed, youthful driving enthusiasts seeking advanced style and superior performance. Roughly 60 percent of RSX buyers are expected to be men, with an average age of 27 and a household income of $60,000.
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 - producing an impressive 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm while also enhancing fuel efficiency and emissions control. The engine mates to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.
The two engines offered in the 2002 Acura RSX incorporate a host of innovative features designed to deliver a cutting-edge combination of performance, efficiency, and low emissions. Most apparent is the first U.S. application of Acura's latest 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) that changes valve lift, timing, and duration. The result is 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.
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 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 141 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the high-performance RSX Type-S model adds a high-performance version of the new i-VTEC system and a fixed, high-volume intake manifold. These features help boost output to 200 horsepower at 7400 rpm and 142 lb-ft. of torque at 6000 rpm.
In keeping with Acura's proven commitment to the environment, both the RSX and Type-S engines meet strict Low Emission Vehicle-II (LEV-II) standards.
The RSX comes with either a quick-shifting 5-speed manual transmission or an electronically controlled, 5-speed automatic transmission with Acura's Sequential SportShift system. Inspired by the transmissions used in Formula One race cars, Sequential SportShift allows the driver to shift the forward gears semi-manually or enjoy the shifting ease of a conventional automatic.
The RSX Type-S is available exclusively with a new short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide the lightning-quick shift action of a racecar transmission. Multiple synchronizers (triple cone on gears 1 and 2, double cone on gears 3-6) help reduce shifting load for a light, responsive feel. The Type-S also includes a short-throw clutch with a new torsion mechanism that considerably reduces gear rattle.
Source: Acura press