Acura RS-X Prototype Makes World Debut

4/4/2001 6:54:00 PM

Acura debuted its RS-X sports coupe prototype at the North American International Auto Show today, providing the world with a first glimpse of the technology and styling direction for an all-new Acura production vehicle to be introduced later this year.

"The RS-X provides a clear indication of the direction we are headed with the new sports coupe that will replace the Integra," said Dick Colliver executive vice president of Acura. "With the introduction of a production version later this year, Acura's stable of class-leading luxury performance vehicles will be even stronger."

Drawing on Acura's heritage of performance and precision engineering, the RS-X prototype utilizes advanced new engine technology in combination with rigid unit body construction, a highly aerodynamic body and sport-tuned chassis to deliver exhilarating style and performance in a luxury-class sports coupe. The RS-X also maintains Acura's leadership in the areas of occupant safety and low emissions, providing state-of-the-art safety features, while meeting Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards.

Providing for the vehicle's high performance, low emissions and outstanding fuel efficiency is an advanced new-generation 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC engine with i-VTEC "intelligent" valve-control that produces approximately 200 horsepower. Honda's patented i-VTEC combines VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) with new VTC (Variable Timing Control) to continuously adjust camshaft phase for enhanced performance and efficiency across a broad power band. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a close ratio six-speed manual transmission.

The RS-X prototype's exterior styling communicates a message of power and precision with short front and rear overhangs, sweeping curves and sharply chiseled accent lines. The vehicle's strong and solid stance is enhanced with 18-inch BBS light alloy wheels and 225/45R18 Michelin tires. A distinctive front fascia is highlighted by large, bright multi-reflector headlights, deeply beveled chin spoiler and signature Acura grille. The rear decklid features a sporty brow that extends above the four-lamp taillights and is complemented by a large-mouth chrome exhaust finisher.

The RS-X interior features a cockpit-style driving environment with driver-oriented instruments and control surfaces. Interior highlights include perforated black leather trim, deeply-contoured Recaro sport seats, small diameter steering wheel, short-throw gearshift lever, and silver-colored reverse inset gauge cluster. A large greenhouse, low profile cowl and slim A- and B-pillars provide for an open, airy feeling and excellent outward visibility.

A full complement of luxury interior features includes power windows, mirrors and door locks, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, power moonroof and AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and trunk mounted subwoofer.

The RS-X prototype's exceptional handling and braking are provided by its track-tuned fully independent front and rear suspension with large stabilizer bars and large-diameter 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

Exhilarating style and performance, world-class safety, class-leading fuel efficiency and low emissions combine to make the RS-X Prototype a forward looking sports coupe with Acura quality, precision and craftsmanship at the heart of its design.

The production version of Acura's RS-X will debut at the New York Auto Show in April 2001.