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Acura RSX (All years/types)



  • Well, finally after several months or picking and nitpicking I decided to get an RSX-S. I'm supposed to get it in a couple of weeks. Can hardly wait to take it out.

    My only gripe is that I wanted blue, but I wouldn've had to wait over a month for it. So, settled for silver (win some, lose some).

  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    why not make 17'' wheels optional?
    I think that is the least Honda could have done. But then, most people who would care for 17" and z-rated rubber would like to have 'custom' preferences anyway. e.g., if Honda offered Michelins, some people would want Bridgestones or Dunlop or whatever. Very rarely would people not change stock wheels, like on an Integra (RSX) type-r (now comes with 17" wheels), since they would be among the lightest in the market (or atleast quite a bit more expensive to replace them), and the choice of tires, which almost all set to go.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Good article. Feel free to also share that in our Pocket Rockets discussion if you'd like. ;-)

    Hatchbacks / Station Wagons / Women's Auto Center Boards
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Err, I mean, revka :)

    That forum is dead.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    Robertsmx: They still make the Integra Type-R for '02?? I thought the last production year was '01.
    Anyway, I 've been gone for a while and just read through 70 posts.. I had a lot to say but now I only have the last few posts fresh in my head..
    All I gotta say about those WRXs is that they 're not that great in auto-x. They may be fast in a straight line, but my '99 GSR has those WRX's for breakfast on an auto-x track. I didn't see a WRX win the SCCA SoloII championship in G Stock, a Type-R did (as usual). And stock for stock, the ITR has superior handling to WRX's as I'm sure does the RSX-S as well.
    Anyway, I hear SCC is coming out with an article on G forces in the December issue. That should be interesting.
    Did I understand correctly that SCC compared a WRX wagon to an RSX-S? What kind of tests did they conduct? What was the outcome?
  • Typical instrumented tests with the WRX wagon the preferred ride. The RSX-S was noticeably slower that past figures I have seen. I believe the 0-60 times were in the mid sevens and the quarter was in the high fifteens. I almost thought the times were from the 160HP version of the RSX.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    The RSX is sold as a Honda Integra in Austrailia.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    JDM already has the Type-R version available. With the Acura badge, Honda opted to call it RSX, otherwise it is still Integra elsewhere. The specs for Integra Type-R (2002):
    220 HP/152 lb.-ft, 2596 lb. (w/AC), six speed manual transmission (different from that in the Type-S), LSD and the usual stuff. The redline has been upped from 8200 rpm of previous ITR to 8500 rpm.
    Now, Civic Type-R also gets the same displacement as ITR in Japan (earlier it had smaller engine, the 1.6 liter I-4 pumping out 185 HP). Now it gets 215 HP/149 lb.-ft (slightly detuned compared to ITR).

    RSX-S performance to 60 mph is believable in low six second range, and QM in about 15 seconds. At mid 7 seconds, one would have to be sleeping between shifts to get those numbers. Base RSX would be a low 7 second car with the manual (5-speed) and 8.0-8.2 seconds with the five speed automatic.
    MT got the quick end of performance from RSX-S (6.1s, 14.8 s), and R&T got the slow end of the spectrum (6.7s). Realistically, the gearing, the power curve and the curb weight make it a 6.4 s car. R&T couldn't got it slower because the driver short shifted (as is obvious from the speed in each gear that they also post with road tests).
  • Help me out here. . .

    I am considering a base RSX and wanted to know from those of you who have purchased recently. . still MSRP??. .any leeway at all?? (Please tell me yes)--

    The car has been out for 4mo. now and I'm hoping somebody has had some luck w/ pricing below MSRP. I have a 00 GTI GLX VR6 and am looking to sell it and get a similar vehicle w/ better warranty, reliability, and lower repair costs. I can't hack the $45-50 oil changes any more and after 30k miles, I've had more accessories/plastics break on my Volks than my wife's 96 Honda w/97k miles on it.

    I am also interested in any dealer experiences any of you Acura owners have had. Volks dealer experiences I've had are, to say the least, HORRIBLE!!

    I want to stay w/ a hatchback if at all possible and believe that the RSX offers a good combination of reliable build quality--even on initial new models, hatchbach versatility, and decent warranty/dealer service. These things are important as you get older. . .trust me. If 30 is old. .

    I sat in the car today and it is a bit snug compared to my GTI. . .but I'm willing to make sacrifices. Styling is decent and posts on acceleration lead me to believe that even the base 160hp iVTEC will allow the RSX to get out of its own way. I put a good chunk of change down on my GTI and will sell it outright to get the best $$.

    Toyota Celica is not an option. . .Test drove that when I was comparo shopping against my GTI and wasn't impressed.

    Thanks for any and all opinions/comments on this car/Acura in general from those of you who own current RSX/current integra. . .
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    We all know that the RSX Type S is 200 HP and the Integra Type R is 195 HP. However, most people compare the RSX-S with the Integra GS-R and yearn for an RSX Type R. Well, is the 200 HP RSX-S that much worse than the195 HP Integra-R? Has anyone driven both and can compare the two coupes head-to-head?

    Seeing that you have a GTI VR6, you're already accustomed to a certain level of performance. I think you'll be disappointed in passing power with a base RSX compared to what you currently drive. You might as well shell out a few grand more and get 40 extra ponies, unless you don't care about RSX-S' better acceleration.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    VW has responded to questionable reliability by now offering a b to b 4yr/50k warranty. But the GTI still has the upper hand over the RSX in build quality (not to be confused with reliabilty). The doors on the RSX for instance, are still Civic-light, but the GTI's doors feel more heavy duty, solid.
  • sgrd0qsgrd0q Posts: 398
    The RSX-S replaces the GS-R, and that's why people compare them. Similarly, the RSX Type R will soon replace the ITR. In both cases the replacement is faster.

    RSX-S vs. ITR: Motortrend tested the RSX-S and got better 0-60 and 1/4 mile results than any of their previous tests of the ITR. Other publications have tested the ITR faster. In any case they are very close. What's important, though, is that the RSX-S is as fast as the ITR, and yet it is not the stripped down version that the ITR is.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Comparison is not valid. Like already pointed out, Type-S replaces the GS-R trim, while Type-R was designed to be a track car. It may or may not be slower than the Type-S, but it will more than likely kill a Type-S on the track, but perhaps get killed by the 2002 Type-R (220 HP).
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    Then I have a 1974 Cutlass that you ought to love.
  • mdrivermdriver Posts: 385
    I said heavy-duty and solid. Solid is not what you would call doors on a '74 anything. Heavy, yes.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Just lubricate the door hinges. That should help! ;)

    It is interesting that people actually like to feel heaviness (like some other people who think that the heavier the car, the more stable it is). Solidity is all that should matter, right mdriver?
  • scnamescname Posts: 296
    I owned a 76 Cutlass Salon long ago. 350V8 automatic. Its been so long I can not remember what the 0 to 60 time was. Do you know ?

    I was getting 11 mpg around town , 14 on the highway. My first car. The Sport Sedan of the day. Best selling car in America.
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    But when i was a kid my mom had a 1974 Cutlass Supreme with the 350 Rocket and 4 spd auto. Whooooo weeeee that car wud go. Speedo had 120 in it and we did it several times. My mom's a nut.
  • beowulf7beowulf7 Posts: 290
    mitsugst, thanks for your first hand comparison of the Eclipse GST vs. your new RSX-S. I'm not sure exactly how the i-VTec works, but given how many horses Acura is squeezing out of a small, naturally-aspirated engine, I can imagine some turbo-like lag. What surprises me was that you thought the RSX-S had more low RPM power than the turbo Eclipse. It is good to hear that at highway cruising speeds (75-80 MPH), the RSX is quiet; my Integra (140 HP) certainly isn't at those speeds!

    RSX owners/lessees in general, any gripes about this year's Integra replacement now that the car has been out for about 4 months? Is the lack of center console as big a glaring oversight as it seems? And are the Acura dealers still demanding MSRP for it?
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