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What if I went to a press introduction for a new riding lawn mower? Would I get to mow a lawn? And whose lawn would I mow? And after I was done mowing, Koichi could offer me a cool glass of lemonade. Erm, well, maybe not. But I did drive what should be one of the best sport coupes on the market for RSX is the new name for the redesigned Acura Integra. Integra and Legend, we salute you. The Integra debuted with the birth of the Acura nameplate, and it has plenty of consumer equity and awareness built in.
But the name change also allows Acura to start anew. The final-generation Integra was introduced in and received a minor freshening in But in the fickle sport coupe market, where young consumers seem to have the attention span of gnats, selling an 8-year-old car is as hard as selling peace plans to the Israelis and Palestinians.
Dimensionally, the RSX is similar to the Integra coupe. Wheelbase and overall length are virtually identical. The biggest change is overall height; the RSX is 2.
Acura says the RSX exhibits 35 percent higher bending rigidity and stiffness and a percent improvement in torsional rigidity compared with the Integra. The increase in rigidity, among other things, helps to improve handling response and ride quality. Up front is a new Control-Link MacPherson strut design. Also part of this package is a high-mounted steering gearbox with long tie-rods.
Integra enthusiasts will likely notice that this is a change from the previous double-wishbone front suspension. From a purely performance standpoint, the move to MacPherson struts is a move backwards on the genealogy tree, and this is something for which Honda took criticism when the Civic debuted.
But when all factors are considered, such as overall vehicle packaging and cost, Acura says the struts are the best option. The independent rear suspension has also been updated with a compact double-wishbone design. Geometry has been improved with payoffs in stability, handling and ride quality. At the same time, the compact design uses less space than a conventional double-wishbone because there is no trailing arm alongside the fuel tank.
Freeing up space in this manner allowed the engineers to move the exhaust pre-chamber and create a wider trunk and a flat floor in the interior. Suspension tuning differs somewhat depending on the trim level. Derived from the exotic NSX sports car, this innovative system helped the car produce both abundant low-rpm torque and excellent high-rpm power. Well, it does, but only in a very limited fashion.
Like most Honda and Acura engines, they are amazingly smooth and high-revving. The RSX puts out horsepower at 6, rpm and pound-feet of torque at 4, rpm. This is 20 hp and 17 lb-ft of torque more than the Integra LS. For the Type-S, Acura equips the engine with a more aggressive type of i-VTEC, a single-stage performance intake manifold and a modified exhaust system.
These changes bring horsepower up to at 7, rpm and torque to lb-ft at 6, rpm. Redline is 7, rpm. With horsepower, the Type-S is one of the most powerful sport coupes on the market. The RSX comes equipped with either a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic transmission.
According to Acura, compared with the four-speed automatic in the Integra, the all-new five-speed offers greatly reduced shift shock and improved shift smoothness. Upshifts and downshifts can be commanded with a quick fore or aft motion. In SportShift mode, Acura says the transmission responds more quickly. It will also not automatically upshift when redline is reached, a nice touch to make the automatic seem more like a manual.
This short-throw close-ratio transmission features multiple synchronizers triple cones on gears one and two; double cones on gears three through six for reduced shifting effort. The six-speed also features a short-stroke clutch pedal and enhanced mechanisms to reduce gear rattle. One thing that is more abundant on the new car is standard feature content.
Items like automatic climate control, sculpted sport seats, a power moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an in-glass radio antenna are all gratis. RSX Type-S cars get leather seating materials and a premium Bose audio system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer and seven speakers including a trick subwoofer mounted in the spare tire well.
As of this writing, there are no options available from the factory. But maybe there should be. To keep front occupants safe in case of an accident, there are dual-stage front airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and side airbags mounted in the seats. The front passenger seat is equipped with a side airbag cutoff system designed to disable side airbag deployment and prevent injury to a child if he leans into the side airbag deployment path.
Hopefully, the RSX will be better; it features a standard keyless entry system and an engine immobilizer system, as well as other changes to make it harder for the car to be stolen. In short, the Type-S is considerably better than the Integra GS-R, though one would hope so, given the eight years of development time between the two. The six-speed is a big bonus, as its short and close ratios make it easier to keep the tachometer past 5, rpm.
Shifter feel, as with previous Integras, is excellent. More surprising is the handling. Fears about the MacPherson strut suspension were washed away after just a few laps around the track.
The RSX handles predictably through high-speed corners and adopts a very neutral attitude during transient maneuvers. The power delivery from its engine is also more useable thanks to peak torque occurring lower in the rpm range. On the street, both cars provide a comfortable ride. But, fear not, Integra fans, your fast, nimble and affordable sport coupe is back, better than ever and ready to fight off the Celica, Eclipse and GTI.
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2002 RSX OWNERS MANUAL PDF
Tygomuro Independent compact double-wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar Shock Absorbers: Factory estimates; EPA figures not available at time of printing. All steel-unit body Front Suspension: Engineering 5 Speed Automatic back to top Powertrain: These files contain detailed information about your vehicle, and can be downloaded, searched, and manuao. Answer Center Find what you are looking for Optional: Please contact any authorized Acura dealer to determine if your vehicle is eligible for an update and to schedule a software update appointment. To mankal printed manuals, you can order online or contact:.
Acura 2002 RSX Service Manual
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The publication contains an operation manual, detailed information on the maintenance of the car, repair and adjustment of the components of the engine management system, including the system VTEC , automatic transmissions automatic transmission , instructions for using the self-diagnosis of the engine management system, automatic transmission and ABS, recommendations for the adjustment and repair of automatic transmission, brake system components including ABS , steering, suspension. The procedures for checking the parameters in the connectors of the electronic control units for the engine management systems, automatic transmission and ABS are given. Detailed electrical wiring diagrams and descriptions of inspections of electrical equipment of models of various configuration options, possible malfunctions and methods for their elimination, matching sizes of the main parts and limits of their permissible wear, recommended lubricants and working fluids are presented. The service manuals are intended for car owners, personnel of service stations and repair shops. It is an analogue of Honda Integra and was produced from to
2002 Acura RSX Review
Details can be found in the Warranty section. Please contact any authorized Acura dealer to determine if your vehicle is eligible for an scura and to schedule a software update appointment. Engineering 5 Speed Automatic back to top Powertrain: Torque-sensitive variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering Steering Wheel: Answer Center Find what you are looking for Optional: To purchase printed manuals, you can order online or contact:. Delivery time is approximately five weeks. Your mileage may vary.