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Under the Hood

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 quite roomy.


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.



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