Press Release:

New York, April 12, 2001 — American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Headquarters: Torrance, California; President : Koichi Amamiya) announced that Acura’s stable of class-leading luxury performance vehicles gets a powerful shot of adrenaline with the arrival of the much anticipated 2002 Acura RSX sports coupe, the all-new replacement for the legendary Acura Integra.

“The RSX can take your driving experience to a higher level,” says Dick Colliver, executive vice president of Acura. “Coming on the heels of the TL and CL Type-S models and the sportier 2002 RL, the RSX really puts the exclamation mark on Acura’s commitment to exhilarating performance, luxury and style.”

The new RSX is available with two all-new high-tech and extremely potent engines. To deliver a race-bred driving experience, the RSX is equipped with a 16-valve, DOHC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that uses Acura’s revolutionary i-VTEC “intelligent” valve-control system — producing an impressive 160 horsepower and 141 lb.-ft. of torque while also enhancing fuel efficiency and emissions control. The i-VTEC system combines VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with new VTC (Variable Timing Control), which continuously adjusts camshaft phasing for enhanced performance and efficiency across a broad power band. The all-aluminum engine mates to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.

For those looking to push the performance envelope even further, a Type-S version of the RSX is available, powered by a high-output version of the twin-cam, 2.0-liter engine, which produces a remarkable 100 horsepower per liter for a maximum output of 200 horsepower and 142 lb.-ft. of torque. As the ideal complement to this high-tech powerplant, the RSX Type-S is equipped with an all-new, close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission.

Remarkably, given their considerable power, both RSX engines meet stringent Low Emissions Vehicle-II (LEV-II) standards and are designed to run for 105,000 miles before the first scheduled tune-up.

To meet the demands of the true driving enthusiast, engineers developed all-new suspension and steering systems with exceptional handling precision, outstanding cornering grip and a smooth, controlled ride. To achieve these goals, the RSX employs new variable-assist rack-and-pinion steering and a newly designed Control-Link MacPherson strut front suspension that greatly enhances cornering performance while minimizing weight and maximizing interior room. At the rear, the RSX features a new, compact double-wishbone system that helps deliver quick, confident handling and a smooth, compliant ride. On the Type-S, the suspension is optimized with firmer springs and dampers, and a larger front stabilizer bar for even greater responsiveness and road feel.

Standard four-wheel disc brakes with a 3-channel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) help ensure crisp brake performance and secure stopping power. The RSX is equipped with 10.3-inch vented discs in front and 10.2-inch discs at the rear. To match its additional performance capabilities, the Type-S uses larger 11.8-inch vented discs up front. Each RSX model wears beefy 205/55R16 Michelin all-season high-performance tires on 16-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels.

Inside, the RSX features an exceptionally dynamic and “driver-tuned” cockpit design. Large-diameter, metallic-face gauges with a backlit design are grouped in a pod that angles toward the driver. A sporty three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard. Ample head- and legroom ensure a comfortable ride for both front and rear passengers, while a 17.8-cubic-foot cargo area (with 50/50 fold-down rear seats) delivers abundant storage capacity and flexibility. Standard safety features include dual front airbags and side airbags, dual seatbelt pretensioners on both front seats, and side-impact protection pads.

Like all Acura models, the RSX is fully featured for outstanding comfort and convenience. Standard amenities on all RSX models include an Automatic Climate Control System, keyless entry system with anti-theft immobilizer, power mirrors, and power windows with an auto-up/down feature on the driver’s window. Handsome fabric with simulated suede trim graces the sporty, deeply bolstered seats of the RSX. Perforated leather seating surfaces are optional on the RSX and standard on the Type-S. All RSX models are also equipped with a powerful six-speaker music system with in-dash CD player. The Type-S features an even more impressive Acura/Bose® Music System, which includes an AM/FM/cassette/in-dash 6-disc CD changer, and, in the cargo area, a new Bose RichbassTM woofer for outstanding bass response.

The exterior styling of the RSX communicates a message of power and precision with short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply chiseled accent lines. A distinctive front fascia is highlighted by large, bright multi-reflector headlights, deeply beveled chin spoiler and signature Acura grille, while thin A- and B-roof pillars and compound-curved window glass provide exceptional visibility all around.

Complete details and information will be available closer to the July on-sale date of the RSX. While pricing has not been finalized, RSX prices are expected to range from $20,000-$25,000 with an annual sales target of 30,000 units

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