As you know, the Type-S engine is a 2.0 liter 200 HP, 142
lb-ft i-VTEC engine. That is a full 30 HP and 14 lb-ft more than the previous
GS-R. The engine now turns clockwise so the intake manifold is in front
of the car. The cover with the i-VTEC label is just a plastic shroud which fits
the theme of luxury oriented cars covering as much of the engine as possible.
You will see more of this refined theme throughout the review. I personally like
the exposed dual overhead cam look of the legendary B18C engine in the Integra.
The site of a B18C engine earns so much respect. Time will tell of the potential
of the Type-S engine.
The air intake is beside the battery. It is still drawing hot
air from the engine bay, so I'm sure aftermarket tuners will come up with
something in the future to remedy this.
The air intake travels back towards the air filter box and
then back to the intake manifold in front of the engine. Notice that the battery
sits way in front of the front axle and is on the driver's side. The Integra had
its battery located behind the front axle and on the passenger side for better
weight distribution. You can see that there is very little room in the hood
behind the front axle. I would be curious to see the corner weights of the
Type-S with a driver in place. The engine bay is surprisingly tight. I thought
the Integra engine bay was tight, but compared to the Type-S, the Integra is
Looking at the right front strut tower, you'll see a front
strut tower brace. The brace tube diameter is quite small compared to the
Integra, but at least it attaches to 4 parts of the chassis. I'm sure
aftermarket companies are already working on their own strut tower brace design.
The strut tower bar attaches to two bolts on the tower.
The ABS modulator and power steering fluid reservoir are in
the typical locations.
The RSX has this plastic shroud over the radiator which goes
along with the refined look.
Following the upscale trend of the RSX, the hood has a heat
and sound shield. This should keep the paint on the hood from fading under high
temperatures over the years. Though it adds weight, I actually welcome this
addition to protect the hood paint and reduce engine noise. Racers can always
remove the insulation to save weight. Over 7 years ago, I suggested that people
make their own rubber sleeve on the hood prop to prevent from burning your hand
when the engine was extremely hot. I am glad that Acura has paid attention to
these small details.