If the regular 2021 TLX isn’t sporty enough for you, don’t worry, because Acura is about to release the TLX Type S. And it promises to be the first of several upcoming Type S models. However, this isn’t the first time the Japanese luxury brand has used that moniker. And this week on Bring a Trailer, there’s an opportunity to experience one of those earlier examples: a 2005 Acura RSX Type S.
The Acura RSX Type S continued where the Integra left off
Here in the US, the Integra Type R is arguably still the most iconic Acura. But it was only available here from 1997 to 2001—technically. Not only did Honda continue to sell the Integra Type R in Japan, but it also continued selling an Integra in the US. Only instead of being called ‘Integra,’ Acura renamed it ‘RSX,’ and sold it only as a coupe, Automobile explains.
When it launched in 2002, the standard Acura RSX was “a thoroughly engaging” car to drive, Automobile reports. But with ‘only’ 160 hp, the FWD coupe needed a touch more performance. And while it wasn’t a Type R, the Acura RSX Type S was the next best thing, R&T reports.
Like the base car, the 2002 Acura RSX Type S has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Honda’s famous VTEC. Only it redlines at 8000 RPM and makes 200 hp and 142 lb-ft instead of 160 hp and 141 lb-ft, Automobile reports. Combined with a six-speed manual, the RST Type S goes 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. And in Car and Driver’s hands, it actually eclipsed the ITR in the ¼-mile.
Compared to the base Acura RSX, the Type S has larger front brakes, a larger front anti-roll bar, and firmer shocks and springs, R&T reports. With all that plus a stiffer chassis than the ITR, it’s “a flat-out ball to drive,” Automobile reports. Car and Driver called it “a scalpel for carving up the road,” and named it a 2002 and 2003 10Best winner. Plus, despite being a subcompact coupe, the RSX has a comfortable and decently-roomy interior, MT reports.
The 2005 Acura RSX Type S on Bring a Trailer
In addition to the styling and interior changes, the 2005 Acura RSX Type S gained a new rear spoiler, wider wheels and tires, and a faster steering rack. Like the base car, the 2005 Type S also rides lower and on slightly-different suspension geometry, R&T reports. It has four-wheel disc brakes like the earlier model, but they’re upgraded for shorter pedal stroke and better feel, MT reports. Plus, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 210 hp and 143 lb-ft, Autoweek reports.
However, besides being a fun sports car, the Acura RSX Type S is also an entry-level luxury car. And this 2005 example currently listed on Bring a Trailer demonstrates that well. It has leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, a sunroof, and sport seats. And it comes with a Borla exhaust and an aftermarket aluminum shift knob.
Although this 2005 Acura RSX Type S is slightly modified, Bring a Trailer notes the seller is including the factory parts in the sale. They’re also including an extra set of wheels and tires. And the coupe has less than 83,000 miles on the clock.
Admittedly, the car isn’t perfect. The rear bumper has been replaced, the interior shows some wear, and there are some dings and scratches on the exterior. However, this 2005 RSX Type S has zero accidents in its history. Plus, the current owner recently replaced the power steering bracket and accessory belt and changed the engine oil and coolant.
It’s a fast, fun FWD bargain
As of this writing, this 2005 Acura RSX Type S is listed on Bring a Trailer for $10,250 with three days left in the auction. That’s actually a below-average Bring a Trailer price; typically, RSXs go for $15,000-$20,000.
True, the RSX Type S isn’t an Integra Type R. But it’s cheaper and not quite as raw, which is a benefit for daily driving. Plus, it’s more comfortable, faster, and cheaper than some early-2000s Civic Si models these days. That makes it a bargain in our book.
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