The Acura RSX is the Japanese automaker Honda’s entry level sport coupe and took over the role of the Acura Integra in the U.S. Market when it was introduced in 2002 and sold as the fifth generation Integra until it was discontinued in 2006. The top of the line Acura RSX Type-S was powered by a 2.0 Liter VTEC equipped four cylinder engine that made as much as 210 HP and was connected to a six speed manual transmission which was good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 140 MPH.
Acura will kill the RSX coupe at the end of the 2006 model year. John Mendel, senior vice president of automobile operations at American Honda Motor Co., says the company is considering replacements for its cheapest vehicle but would not elaborate. Some dealers say Acura will add a coupe version of the TSX.
Elimination of the RSX, Acura’s least expensive vehicle by about $8,000, looks like part of Acura’s long-term plan to move upscale and separate from sibling brand Honda.
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Since its debut in July of 2001, the 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 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.