January 9, 2001


Acura RS-X prototype makes world debut

Acura RS-X prototype
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Acura debuted its RS-X sports coupe prototype at the North American International Auto Show, providing the world with a first glimpse of the technology and styling direction for an all-new Acura production vehicle to replace the Integra later this year. The RS-X prototype will also appear in Canada at the Montreal and Vancouver auto shows.

Drawing on Acura’s heritage of performance and precision engineering, the RS-X prototype utilizes advanced new engine technology in combination with rigid unit body construction, a highly aerodynamic body and sport-tuned chassis. The RS-X also maintains Acura’s leadership in the areas of occupant safety and low emissions, providing state-of-the-art safety features, while being capable of meeting California’s stringent Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards.

Under the hood of the RS-X is an advanced new-generation 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine with i-VTEC “intelligent” valve-control that produces approximately 200 horsepower. Honda’s patented i-VTEC combines VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with a new VTC (Variable Timing Control) to continuously adjust camshaft phase for enhanced performance and efficiency across a broad power band. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a close ratio six-speed manual transmission.

The RS-X prototype’s exterior styling has short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply chiseled accent lines. The vehicle’s strong and solid stance is enhanced with 18-inch BBS light alloy wheels and 225/45R18 tires. RS-X’s distinctive front fascia is highlighted by large multi-reflector headlights, deeply beveled chin spoiler and signature Acura grille. The rear decklid features a sporty brow that extends above the four-lamp taillights and is complemented by a large-diameter chrome exhaust finisher.

The RS-X interior features a cockpit-style driving environment with driver-oriented instruments and control surfaces. Interior highlights include perforated black leather trim, deeply-contoured Recaro sport seats, small diameter steering wheel, short-throw gearshift lever and silver-coloured raised gauge cluster. A large greenhouse, low profile cowl and slim A- and B-pillars provide for an open, airy feeling and excellent outward visibility.

A full complement of luxury interior features includes power windows, mirrors and door locks, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, power moonroof and AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and trunk mounted subwoofer.

The RS-X prototype’s exceptional handling and braking are provided by its track-tuned fully independent front and rear suspension with large stabilizer bars and large-diameter 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS).

Acura RS-X Prototype Summary:

  • The RS-X prototype borrows on Acura’s heritage of sports car racing and precision engineering.

  • The RS-X combines a new generation i-VTEC engine, a highly aerodynamic body and sport-tuned chassis to deliver exhilarating style and performance.

RS-X Prototype Key Features:

  • 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine producing approximately 200 horsepower.

  • DOHC i-VTEC “intelligent” system with variable cam timing for enhanced performance and efficiency across the power band.
  • Close ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
  • Track-tuned fully independent front and rear suspension.
  • 4-Wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS).
  • Sweeping curves and sharply chiseled accent lines.
  • 225/45R18 Tires and BBS light alloy wheels.
  • Distinctive front fascia highlighted by large, bright multi-reflector headlights and deeply beveled chin spoiler.
  • Sporty rear fascia complemented by a four-lamp taillight assembly.
  • Recaro sport seats and perforated black leather trim.
  • Power moonroof.
  • AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and trunk mounted subwoofer.

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