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                                                                         2005 Acura RSX Type S
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Since its debut in July of 2001, the Acura RSX sports coupe has been an unqualified success, winning an array of industry awards including being named to Car and Driver's "10 Best" and Ward's "10 Best Engines" lists. To maintain the Acura RSX's position as the benchmark in its class, Acura's dynamic sports coupe receives substantial performance and styling enhancements for 2005 that update its dynamic looks, refine and modernize the interior and make it even more fun to drive.

"The sports coupe segment is incredibly competitive and you have to keep improving to stay ahead of the curve," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. "We've made substantial performance, handling and styling enhancements for 2005 that will keep the Acura RSX at the top of its class. "             

      Engine                                      Inline-4
      HP    210 BHP@ 7800 rpm
      Displacement     1998cc (121 cu. in.)
      Torque    143 lb-ft @ 7000 rpm
      Weight lb (kg)    2840 (1288)
      Acceleration 0-62  mph      
      Top speed  
      Driveline   Front Wheel Drive
      Price (approx)   $23,840

     The 2005 Acura RSX is available in two versions, the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S. Both models are powered by advanced engines that feature i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control systems, combining VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with VTC (Variable Timing Control). The i-VTEC system delivers enhanced performance across a broad power band in addition to superior fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. Remarkably, given their considerable power, both RSX engines meet stringent CARB Low Emissions Vehicle-II (LEV-2) standards and are designed to run for 110,000 miles before the first scheduled tune-up.

A unique Control-Link MacPherson strut front suspension and a compact double-wishbone rear suspension system help deliver quick, confident handling, and a smooth, compliant ride while maximizing interior room. On the Type-S, the track-tuned suspension is optimized with firmer springs and dampers, a front strut tower bar and a rear performance rod.

For 2005, the suspensions on both Acura RSX models were optimized through an assortment of modifications designed to enhance handling while promoting an even smoother ride. Suspension enhancements for 2005 include a revised geometry, reduced ride height, retuned bushings, thicker stabilizer bars, firmer damper settings and inversely wound front coil springs that neutralize unwanted steering input caused by spring windup. On the Type-S model, the strength of the performance rod was also increased to help maintain precise suspension geometry, while the front damper top bushing was replaced by a bearing, for smoother steering response. Standard 4-wheel disc brakes with a 3-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) help to provide secure stopping power.

Other specifications:

Gas Mileage: City: 23 MPG / Hwy: 31 MPG
Position: Front Engine
Configuration: Inline-4
Valvetrain: DOHC, 4 Valves/Cyl, i-VTEC
Redline: 8000
Bore: 3.39 IN 86 MM
Stroke: 3.39 IN 86 MM
HP/L: 105 BHP per Liter
HP/LB: 13.5 LBS per BHP
Compression: 11.0:1
Block: Aluminum alloy with cast-in iron liners
Cylinder Head: Aluminum alloy with 4 valves-per-cylinder pent-roof combustion chambers
Ignition: Direct ignition system
Fuel Delivery: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Fuel: Premium Unleaded
Weight Dist: 63 / 37
Length: 172.4 IN / 4378 MM
Width: 67.9 IN / 1724 MM
Height: 54.9 IN / 1394 MM
Wheelbase: 101.2 IN / 2570 MM
Front Track: 58.5 IN / 1486 MM
Rear Track: 58.5 IN / 1486 MM
Ground Clearance: 5.9 IN / 150 MM
Steering: Variable, speed sensitive rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering Ratio: 14.9:1
Turning Circle: 38.1 FT / 11.6 M
Materials: Steel unit body
Front Brakes: Ventilated Discs w/ ABS
Front Brake Size: 11.8 IN / 300 MM
Rear Brakes: Ventilated Discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake Size: 10.2 IN / 259 MM
Front Wheels: 17.0 x 7.0 IN / 43.2 x 17.8 CM
Rear Wheels: 17.0 x 7.0 IN / 43.2 x 17.8 CM
Front Tires: P215/45R17 Michelin 4 all-season high-performance
Rear Tires: P215/45R17 Michelin 4 all-season high-performance
Front Suspension: Fully independent Control-Link MacPherson strut
Rear Suspension: Fully independent compact double-wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Transmission: 6-speed manual

The Acura 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.

The exterior styling of the Acura RSX communicates a message of power and precision through short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply chiseled accent lines. For 2005, Acura updated the styling to make the Acura RSX look lower, faster and more aggressive. In front, the fascia has been redesigned with lower, rectangular air ducts, aggressive-looking tri-beam headlights and a new Acura-family grille. Side sills on the Acura RSX are now body colored, while the side sills on the Type-S are more substantial, and wrap further around the car to highlight the new wheels and tires. The rear of the Acura RSX was redesigned with new taillight assemblies, a new bumper, larger diameter exhaust tips and, on the Type-S, a deck lid spoiler. The result for both models is a more aerodynamic car that gives off a strong feeling of mass and power.

The Acura 2005 RSX is available in the following exterior colors: Taffeta White, Nighthawk Black, Satin Silver Metallic, Vivid Blue Pearl, Premium White Pearl (Type-S only), and Milano Red. Four additional exterior color options added for 2005 include: Magnesium Metallic, Vivid Blue Pearl, Jade Green Metallic and Blaze Orange Metallic, which replace Artic Blue Pearl, Eternal Blue Pearl and Desert Silver Metallic.

Standard amenities on all acura RSX models include an Automatic Climate Control System, power moonroof, high-output audio system with in-dash CD player (Acura/Bose Audio System on Type-S), keyless entry system with anti-theft engine immobilizer, heated power sideview mirrors, power windows with an auto-up/down feature on the driver's window and a leather- wrapped steering wheel. The deeply bolstered sport seats of the acura RSX are made from handsome fabric with simulated suede trim. Perforated leather seating surfaces are optional on the Acura RSX and standard on the RSX Type-S.