The 2002 Honda RSX Type S is the next-generation Integra that has been popular with the powerful Type-R variant with 195 bhp that had continued winning the Speedvision’s Touring class and favorite in the import street-racing outlook. Available for sale in early July, Type S is offered from $20,000 to $25,000 price tag. This car is a combination between passenger-car and race car developed by a team in Honda that helped developing Honda’s Formula 1 engines to carry Ayrton Senna to champion.
2002 Honda RSX Type S Drivetrain
The 2.0-liter 16-valve i-VTEC engine under the hood of 2002 Honda RSX Type S is new that is really smooth during idle but can scream to 8000 rpm revs. It can puts out 200 bhp of power and 142 pound – feet of torque, a 14 pound-feet higher than the Integra GS-R. This additional power comes from the new Variable Timing Control or VTC and the extra 201 cc capacity. An integrated hydraulic actuator in the cam sprocket alters to the degree that 50 degrees timing of the whole intake camshaft with VTC increasing variable timing system in VTEC that smartly change between two separate cam lobe shapes. This reduces the weak-kneed feeling in engine without VTEC and increase torque in the lower revs.
The 6-speed transmission is new with close ratio and short-throw linkage eliminating mistake when shifting gear. The base RSX comes with 2.0-liter engine generating 160 bhp mated to a new 5-speed automatic transmission. This engine uses VTC with intake-side VTEC only. A 5-speed manual transmission is also available for the base car.
2002 Honda RSX Type S Styling
The RSX is only available in hatchback body style which comes in a pleasingly block shape. It rides on the Global Compact Platform the same with that of the Acura that also has similar suspension including the Macpherson struts at the front and a unique A-arm over A-arm hinged rear suspension. It springs and shocks firmer and is fitted with a somewhat larger front anti-roll bar. Unlike the rival, Celica GT-S, the 2002 Honda RSX Type S rides on tires that don’t offer well grip with the Michelin all-season MXM4 tires.
2002 Honda RSX Type S Interior
Inside the RSX, there is a 2+2 interior that offers awesome, cozy-fitting seats with the look of Recaro racing bucket seats due to integrated shoulder bolsters and headrests. There are also pleasing aluminum gauges, a cool 3-spoke steering wheel, and the control area’s instrument hood and gauges with sporty perforated covering inside the 2002 Honda RSX Type S.