I've dreamed about getting this car ever since it won the Car & Driver Cheap Speed Comparo in 2005. It's a blast to drive, especially if you like shifting. That 6-spd close ratio transmission (Type S ...
I've dreamed about getting this car ever since it won the Car & Driver Cheap Speed Comparo in 2005. It's a blast to drive, especially if you like shifting. That 6-spd close ratio transmission (Type S model only) is not 5 gears plus an overdrive; it's 6 gears that you'll be winding through continually. It's like a sportbike on 4 wheels: you can hang in a gear for a long time if you want to push it, but if you're cruising you'll want to be in 6th gear even as low as 35mph because the gearing is just that small, or big, I should say.
People don't understand why Acura stopped making this car, but really it lives on in the Honda line where they wanted their racier image portrayed, in the Civic Si. The RSX-S lacks the LSD the Si has, but has all of the looks and appointments you love. If you want to keep the wheels down with all that power, I do recommend you swap out the differential with a Quaife LSD. Otherwise, you can't accelerate from a stoplight and make a turn full-go -- you have to back off.
-tell people to duck as they get in the backseat as there is a beam across the top that actually has more room behind it, where the back glass meets the roof
-3rd gear is notchy sometimes
-can't be much taller than 6'-2" and be in a sport seat position without hitting your head
The seats BTW, are awesome. They have all the support you need plus are pleasantly covered with leather, as is the small-sized steering wheel, and shift-knob.
So yeah if you're looking for cheap economical wallet-saving thrills, pick yourself up one of these, unless you get caught going 135 cuz then I dunno what your insurance company will think of it... or the state. Otherwise, take one for a spin! And make sure you take it through 5800rpms and on up in at least one of the gears to feel what the i-VTEC is all about. If you've only experienced VTEC before and not i-VTEC, I will tell you the advanced intake timing makes it even more supreme.