2002 Acura RSX Type-S

For 2002, Acura replaces it’s Integra with the the all-new RSX. Boasting more power and luxury than the Integra, the RSX is designed for youthful driving enthusiasts. The Type-S is powered by a version of the DOHC 2.0-liter engine that incorporates a higher-performance i-VTEC system. It helps to produce a remarkable 100 horsepower per liter (200 horsepower @ 7400 rpm). As the ideal complement to this powerplant, the RSX Type-S is equipped exclusively with an all-new, close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission.

The Type-S uses the same high-performance VTEC design as the NSX, a three rocker arm system that varies the lift and duration of both the intake and exhaust valves for maximum power output. At lower rpm, the valves follow low lift, short duration camshaft profiles to help boost low-end torque. Above 5,800 rpm, the intake and exhaust valves are operated by high-lift, long-duration cam profiles, for maximum high rpm horsepower.

On the RSX, Acura uses the latest version of this engine system: i-VTEC. The i-VTEC system adds new VTC (Variable Timing Control) to VTEC to provide continuously variable camshaft timing – taking the concept of variable valve timing further. In short, i-VTEC = VTEC + VTC.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $ $23,170 USD
engine Aluminum, Inline-4
position Front Transverse
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1998 cc / 121.9 in³
bore 86 mm / 3.39 in
stroke 86 mm / 3.39 in
compression 11.0:1
power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 7400 rpm
specific output 100.1 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 158.73 bhp per tonne
torque 192.53 nm / 142.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
redline 7900
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels FWD
front tires P205/55R16 Michelin MXM4
rear tires P205/55R16 Michelin MXM4
front brakes Vented Discs w/ABS & Vacuum Assist
f brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
rear brakes Solid Discs w/ABS & Vacuum Assist
r brake size x 260 mm / x 10.2 in
front wheels F 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/29mm Stabilizer Bar, Lower Control Arm, Coil
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, 19mm Stabilizer Bar, Coil Sprin
curb weight 1260 kg / 2778 lbs
wheelbase 2570 mm / 101.2 in
front track 1485 mm / 58.5 in
rear track 1485 mm / 58.5 in
length 4375 mm / 172.2 in
width 1725 mm / 67.9 in
height 1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.267:1, 2.130:1, 1.517:1, 1.147:1, 0.921:1, 0.738:1, :1
final drive 4.389:1
top speed ~209.2 kph / 130 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~16.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~15.0 seconds