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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories Dyno Testing, TOV Road Test, RSX
Create Date September 08, 2004 13:43
Last Update October 05, 2004 14:10

Having read everything there is to read about the enhancements to Acura's compact sports coupe, the only thing left on my 2005 Acura RSX To Do List was to climb behind the wheel and turn the key for the first time. That moment was actually supposed to take place this week at a press introduction in West Palm Beach, Florida, but since West Palm took a direct hit from Hurricane Frances, those plans were scotched on Monday.

The RSXs that were supposed to be in Florida for the event were diverted here to Atlanta, allowing us to get our hands on one for a full week rather than part of a day. While we'll miss out on the track impressions (Moroso was on the itinerary of the press launch) for the time being, at least we'll be able to go ahead and dyno test the new motor and we'll have extended street time with the car. We will get the track impressions during a followup road test later this fall.

At first blush, it would seem that the changes to the 2005 RSX are pretty subtle. But if you look a few layers below the surface, you will see that Honda engineers have been working diligently to dramatically improve the RSX-S. While the RSX-S has been widely praised by the press in general, I've always felt that there were some areas that could use improvement. These feelings were cemented after I finally had the chance to drive "real" Japanese-spec 2004 Integra Type Rs and Civic Type Rs.

In my opinion, the '02-'04 RSX-S's shortcomings were primarily related to the engine and the chassis. While the K20A2 engine makes nice power once the high-rpm cam profile kicks in, it feels a little too flat in the low and particularly the middle rpm ranges. And since VTEC doesn't activate until about 5800 rpms, that means pretty much everything below 6000rpms, which doesn't make for a very pretty picture in terms of power delivery. From an aesthetics standpoint, the K20A2's slightly boomy, somewhat uninspiring engine note left a bit to be desired, particularly when stacked against the glorious sound of the Type R's K20A. From a chassis perspective, the RSX was a fine drive around town, but once you'd pick up the pace, it wasn't quite up to normal sporty Honda standards. My biggest beef with the handling was the slightly twitchy nature of the rear suspension and a lack of composure under certain challenging road conditions. The other problem was that the chassis wasn't tuned to deal with the velocities that the vehicle can easily and quickly achieve - it was just too soft and the tires didn't provide nearly enough grip. So I was really keen on Acura addressing these two major areas for the '05 model.

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09-10-2004 22:13 Wheels and Tires???   (Score: 1, Normal) cksi1372
09-11-2004 11:55 RyanDL
09-11-2004 22:49 cksi1372
09-12-2004 12:18 RyanDL
09-13-2004 08:59 99SI
09-13-2004 09:42 RyanDL
12-07-2004 02:26 RSX Rich
09-13-2004 10:18 gilbert
09-22-2004 01:39 BOOMER
09-27-2004 14:19 TonyEX
09-27-2004 17:52 JeffX
10-21-2004 02:56 info pls? max mph in each gear   (Score: 1, Normal) modulo_s
09-30-2004 19:28 Finally sat in an '05...   (Score: 1, Normal) VTEC_Inside
09-27-2004 17:59 track times   (Score: 1, Normal) watermelonman
09-28-2004 09:07 JeffX
09-11-2004 17:36 Brakes   (Score: 1, Normal) RSXcellent
09-12-2004 11:10 JeffX
09-24-2004 01:37 Goofy1
09-22-2004 14:08 Any planned reviews / tests   (Score: 1, Normal) 99SI
09-22-2004 23:21 JeffX
09-23-2004 12:19 Antrey
09-18-2004 19:53 No love for the headlights...   (Score: 1, Normal) Power Of Dreams
09-17-2004 18:39 tail lights   (Score: 1, Normal) watermelonman
09-10-2004 17:08 So what's the verdict?   (Score: 1, Normal) LudegarH22A7
09-10-2004 20:09 shingles
09-10-2004 20:19 notyper
09-11-2004 18:05 Pauly1
09-17-2004 18:11 watermelonman
09-13-2004 09:00 99SI
09-17-2004 14:22 autoweek review   (Score: 1, Normal) bluetorpedo
09-10-2004 21:04 WoooooooooooooHooooooooo   (Score: 1, Normal) TonyEX
09-10-2004 21:41 JeffX
09-12-2004 13:34 TonyEX
09-15-2004 07:59 kimchimonkey
09-15-2004 21:52 notyper
09-16-2004 12:47 notyper
09-16-2004 22:25 IntegraDC5R
09-11-2004 12:23 Bustanovich
09-11-2004 14:45 RyanDL
09-13-2004 20:46 Bustanovich
09-13-2004 21:35 JeffX
09-14-2004 17:56 Jeff, ? about wheel weight   (Score: 1, Normal) STL
09-14-2004 22:46 JeffX
09-15-2004 13:16 STL
09-16-2004 17:57 STL
09-11-2004 02:31 VTEC dip and changeover.   (Score: 1, Normal) VTEC_Inside
09-11-2004 11:57 RyanDL
09-15-2004 16:40 jes98gsr
09-12-2004 23:58 I hate the bloody tacked on bodykits acura puts out!!   (Score: 1, Normal) vlade31
09-14-2004 16:04 ACuraR
09-15-2004 04:03 TeggyBoi
09-15-2004 07:42 JNorthcut
09-10-2004 22:47 For Jeff: 05 RSX vs ITR K20's   (Score: 1, Normal) CivicB18
09-10-2004 23:11 JeffX
09-11-2004 13:04 jfunk
09-12-2004 12:50 P.J
09-12-2004 16:39 jfunk
09-13-2004 17:32 99SI
09-11-2004 03:47 Speeddemon69
09-11-2004 15:46 CivicB18
09-13-2004 13:06 Color?   (Score: 1, Normal) Mugen Power
09-13-2004 14:08 RyanDL
09-12-2004 23:56 Drove a type s   (Score: 1, Normal) 05rsx
09-11-2004 12:13 Styling...   (Score: 1, Normal) shingles
09-10-2004 22:50 IM IN LOVE WITH THE 05 rsx its the 92-95 and 96-00 civic relived!!!   (Score: 1, Normal) uhhhh
09-10-2004 21:31 Thank you!   (Score: 1, Normal) RSXcellent
09-10-2004 16:49 05 Dyno sheet link is messed up   (Score: 1, Normal) ZeroA
09-10-2004 16:59 ZeroA
09-10-2004 16:53 Sounds Mean :)   (Score: 1, Normal) 99SI
09-10-2004 16:58 JeffX
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