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 byRichard Owen
price $$ $23,170 USD
engineAluminum, Inline-4
positionFront Transverse
aspirationNatural
valvetrainDOHC 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement1998 cc / 121.9 in³
bore86 mm / 3.39 in
stroke86 mm / 3.39 in
compression11.0:1
power149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 7400 rpm
specific output100.1 bhp per litre
bhp/weight158.73 bhp per tonne
torque192.53 nm / 142.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
redline7900
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsFWD
front tiresP205/55R16 Michelin MXM4
rear tiresP205/55R16 Michelin MXM4
front brakesVented Discs w/ABS & Vacuum Assist
f brake sizex 300 mm / x 11.8 in
rear brakesSolid Discs w/ABS & Vacuum Assist
r brake sizex 260 mm / x 10.2 in
front wheelsF 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheelsR 40.6 x 15.2 cm / 16.0 x 6.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Power Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/29mm Stabilizer Bar, Lower Control Arm, Coil
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, 19mm Stabilizer Bar, Coil Sprin
curb weight1260 kg / 2778 lbs
wheelbase2570 mm / 101.2 in
front track1485 mm / 58.5 in
rear track1485 mm / 58.5 in
length4375 mm / 172.2 in
width1725 mm / 67.9 in
height1389 mm / 54.7 in
transmission6-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.267:1, 2.130:1, 1.517:1, 1.147:1, 0.921:1, 0.738:1, :1
final drive4.389:1
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