While the 2021 TLX Type S is arguably a bit underwhelming, it is a welcome sign for Acura fans. Brand faithful have waited for Acura to re-focus on performance rather than simply luxury for some time now. That’s because of what the Japanese brand offered in the ‘90s and early 2000s, like the original NSX and the iconic Integra. And there’s another model from this era up for sale this week on Bring a Trailer: a 2006 Acura RSX Type S.
The DC5 Acura RSX Type S is the more luxurious successor to the Integra Type R
Most import fans are familiar with the Integra Type R. But while the ITR was only sold in the US from 1998-2001, the Integra wasn’t canceled. Instead, Acura updated it in 2002 and renamed it ‘RSX.’ And while the US didn’t get the Type R variants, we did get the next best thing: the RSX Type S.
Although not as well-known as ‘Type R,’ Acura’s ‘Type S’ moniker evolved from a similar focus on performance and handling. It’s just that while Type R cars are track-ready models, Type S models are about on-road fun, The Drive explains. So, while the Acura RSX Type S (or ‘Type-S’) isn’t as extreme as the Integra Type R, it’s easier to live with on a daily basis. And when it comes to sportiness, it’s not exactly slouching.
Like the base Acura RSX, the Type S has a VTEC-equipped 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. But instead of 160 hp and 141 lb-ft of torque, the engine makes 200 hp and 142 lb-ft of torque. And that’s in 2002-2004 cars. In 2005, intake, exhaust, cams, and catalytic converter tweaks bumped the output to 210 hp and 143 lb-ft of torque, Car and Driver reports.
Plus, rather than the base car’s five-speed automatic or manual, the RSX Type S has a six-speed manual with shorter gear ratios. As a result, later models go 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and out-run the Integra Type R in the ¼-mile.
Besides the engine upgrades, the Acura RSX Type S also has larger front brakes, double-wishbone suspension with firmer shocks and springs, and a larger sway bar. And in 2005 it got quicker steering, new dampers and springs, stiffer sway bars, a larger brake master cylinder, a lower ride height, and additional body reinforcement, CarBibles notes. The result is a coupe that still feels “nimble, agile, and easier to drive than most” of today’s compacts, Edmunds says.
There’s a 2006 model listed on Bring a Trailer
Edmunds also notes that “even by 2021 standards,” the Acura RSX Type S’s interior “still feels upscale.” And while the 2006 example currently listed on Bring a Trailer doesn’t have all the latest tech, it’s still comfier than an ITR.
In terms of luxury features, this 2006 Acura RSX Type S comes with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a seven-speaker Bose audio system with a six-disc CD changer, and a sunroof. It also has sport seats, four-wheel disc brakes, a factory rear spoiler, and a rear wiper. This particular car also has XXR alloy wheels and paint protection film in front.
Cosmetically, this 2006 Acura RSX Type S does have a few flaws. The front bumper has some scuffs and scratches while the paint is imperfect in several areas. But it has a zero-accident history and only 42,726 miles on the clock. The seller also notes that the oil was changed in 2020 and that the sale includes a car cover.
A well-maintained 2006 Acura RSX Type S is a reliable bargain that’s still fun to drive
As of this writing, this 2006 Acura RSX Type S is listed on Bring a Trailer for $8206 with three days left in the auction. Other examples have sold for at least 25% more on BaT, making this car a real bargain.
In terms of reliability, the later RSX Type S models tend to be the most solid, CarBibles says. But potential bidders should schedule a pre-purchase inspection, paying special attention to the timing chain and VTEC actuator. Also, Honda’s K-series engines naturally burn a bit of oil, though not an excessive amount. Other than that, though, these cars are easy to maintain and enjoy, especially if they’re stock.
In short, this 2006 RSX Type S has all the makings of a 2000s-era compact sports car bargain.
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