The Acura Rsx
The Acura Rsx as known in the US or Honda DC9 as known in Japan was as the Honda DC5, was a sports model coupe that was introduced to the market by Acura. T. Initially the Acura RSX was available in two different models, the base model and the Type-S model when it debuted in 2001. The highlights of the Acura RSX included a double-wishbone suspension system in the rear of the car, intelligent VTEC handling, a 2.0L engine which powered 160hp and 200hp in power, and timing chains which lowered the amount of maintenance and upkeep needed for the Acura RSX.
In 2002, the Acura RSX debuted on the North American market with a 4-cylinder 160hp engine with 6500 rpm and 140 kb-ft of torque. To produce the speeds and handling it required, it had a redline of 6800 rpm. Performance of the Acura RSX in 2002 was 0-60 in 6.9 sec and 6.4 sec on the Type S model. It could go up to 146 mph and was a very fast car for Acura enthusiasts. The 2.0L 160hp engine and 2.0L 200 hp engines were powerful and gave the Acura RSX the power it needed. Transmissions were available in 5-speed manual and 5-speed automatic configurations. At 172 inches long and 67 inches wide, the Acura RSX was a compact model for Acura at the time, since it was only 54.9 inches at its height.
2004 brought major changes to the Acura RSX which includes a revised suspension tuner, optimized and revised settings, an optimized breaking system for better stopping and feel, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, lower noise production of the Acura RSX, side mirrors, new bumper designs, new exterior colors, a new interior design and look, and other changes.
In 2005 and 2006, the Acura RSX was given even more additions and enhancements including a engine intake and modification that increased the horsepower production to 210hp versus 200hp of prior models. In addition, higher performance camshafts were added, air flow was increased via an air intake duct enlargement, lower back pressure via an optimized catalytic converter, and an revised and optimized 6-speed transmission which lowered final gear ratios on the Acura RSX.
Unfortunately to many, the Acura RSX was discontinued by Honda and Acura in the late 2006 year. As Acura was restructuring, it wasn’t seem as a model that fit its goals and overall production/sales numbers. Honda brought the Civc Si to the market to replace the Acura RSX to many disappointed fans. It won many awards by fans and critics and continues to this day to be an auto that sports car enthusiasts enjoy as well.
Many different analysts have looked at the Acura RSX as a sports car before its times and Acura giving up on the model too early. Sales figures for the Acura RSX were modest and the price of the Acura RSX was manageable in the auto market from 2001-2006. Values of the Acura RSX continue to be satisfactory over the years according to Kelley Blue Book and other valuators and enthusiasts of the Acura RSX have online fan clubs and other groups to keep the tradition of the Acura RSX alive after its dismissal by Acura.