RSX Type S - Greater than the sum of its parts
Since its debut in July of 2001, the RSX sports coupe has recieved
an array of industry awards including being named to Car and Driver's
"10 Best" and Ward's "10 Best Engines" lists. To help ensure the RSX
remained fresh and contemporary the sports coupe received substantial
performance and styling enhancements for 2005.
The high performance RSX Type-S model received engine and exhaust
system modifications that boost horsepower from 200 to 210 and torque
from 142 lb-ft to 143 lb-ft. Engine output was optimized by applying
high performance camshafts and enlarging the diameter of the intake
duct by 10 percent. A larger diameter exhaust pipe and free-flowing
catalytic converter helped to boost horsepower by increasing exhaust
flow by 10 percent.
The RSX Type-S is equipped exclusively with a 6-speed, close-ratio
manual transmission for quick, responsive shifting. For 2005, the
final drive ratio on this transmission was lowered to provide even
quicker acceleration while shift feel was improved by applying carbon
synchronizers on fifth and sixth gear.
The chassis of the RSX features track-tuned suspension and steering
systems for for superior handling. Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with
a 3-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) help to provide secure
stopping power. To match its additional performance capabilities,
the RSX Type-S uses larger 11.8-inch ventilated discs up front. For
2005, a larger diameter master cylinder was applied to increase hydraulic
pressure, the rigidity of the brake pedal increased and the pedal
stroke was reduced. These enhancements combined to both enhance stopping
power and improve braking feel.
For 2005, Acura updated the styling to make the RSX look lower, faster
and more aggressive. In front, the fascia was redesigned with lower,
rectangular air ducts, aggressive-looking tri-beam headlights and
a new Acura-family grille. The rear of the RSX was redesigned with
new taillight assemblies, a new bumper, larger diameter exhaust tips
and, on the Type-S, a deck lid spoiler.
The interior of the RSX features a driver-oriented cockpit that was
updated for 2005. The sport seats were redesigned with more supportive
side bolsters and a thicker lower cushion for increased comfort on
long drives and support during aggressive cornering. Titanium
accents were added to the integrated headrests and to several key
points around the cabin including the step garnish, the shifter boot
ring and the hand brake.
|Year (of specifications)
||2.0 litre four cylinder
||6 speed manual FWD
||210 bhp @ 7800 rpm
||1288 kgs / 2840 lbs