Honda Integra DC5

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Honda Integra (DC5)
2002-04 Acura RSX.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Honda
Production 2001–2006
Model years 2002-2006
Assembly Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Compact luxury car
Sport compact
Layout FF layout
Chassis DC5
Powertrain
Engine

02-06 Base
2.0L 160 hp (119 kW) I4

K20A3

02-04 Type-S
2.0L 200 hp (150 kW) I4
K20A2

05-06 Type-S
2.0L 210 hp (160 kW) I4

K20Z1
Transmission

5-speed automatic
5-speed manual

6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 101.2 in (2,570 mm)
Length 172.2 in (4,374 mm)
Width 67.9 in (1,725 mm)
Height 2005-06: 54.9 in (1,394 mm)
2002-04: 55.1 in (1,400 mm)
Curb weight 2,790 pounds (1,266 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Acura Integra
Successor Acura ILX
Honda Civic Si

The Honda Integra DC5 (Japanese: ホンダ インテグラ DC5) was the fourth and final generation of the Honda Integra compact sports coupe, introduced in Japan on April 13, 2001 and produced from July 2001 to July 2006. It was introduced in North America for the 2002 model year as the Acura RSX (short for Rally Sportscar eXperimental).

In concordance with the introduction of the Integra's platform mate, the seventh-generation Civic being introduced in 2000, the Integra joined the Civic in abandoning Honda's traditional double-wishbone suspension at both ends and adopted MacPherson struts in the front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear along with the new K-series engine supplanting the B-series.

The K-series engine features intelligent VTEC (or i-VTEC), which electronically adjusts valve lift, valve duration and valve timing, giving the 2.0 L engine a flatter torque curve relative to previous VTEC implementations which only adjusted valve lift and valve duration.

In Japan, the Integra was introduced in two versions, the Integra iS (later renamed Integra Type-S in the 2004 refresh) and the Integra Type-R.

The JDM iS/Type-S (not to be confused with the RSX Type-S), which was essentially the same as the base Acura RSX, featured the K20A3 engine with an output of 167 hp (125 kW) and is offered with either an automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The Integra Type-R, sold in Japan had reduced weight, a 220 PS / 164 kW / 217 hp (162 kW) K20A I4 engine (Japan-only; Oceania models have an engine similar to the Acura RSX-S), as well as a limited slip differential (LSD) and stiffer springs and shocks, 4 piston Brembo brakes, 17" wheels on Bridgestone Potenza tires, Recaro suede seats, body trim, and more.

The RSX Type-S had a 200 hp (150 kW) (2002–2004) K20A2 or 210 hp (160 kW) in 2005-2006 K20Z1 engine and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. In 2005 the RSX Type-S received the camshafts, b-pipe and muffler, 4.7 final drive ratio, crankshaft pulley and the intake snorkel duct from the Japanese model Honda Integra Type-R. The "Type R" sold in Oceania is very similar to the "Type-S" sold in North America, and the Integra line naming in Oceania has recently been realigned to be similar with North American conventions.

Canada had three models: Base (cloth interior, no sunroof, steel wheels with wheel covers), Premium (leather interior, sunroof, alloy wheels) and Type S. In other places, (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore) only the base version is available.

Performance[edit]

  • 0-60 mph: 6.9 sec (2002-06 BASE)
  • 0-60 mph: 6.2 sec (2002-04 TYPE -S)
  • 0-60 mph: 6.0 sec (2005-06 TYPE -S)[1]
  • Top speed : (drag limited) 145 mph (233 km/h)[1]
  • Standing 1/4-mile: 15.8 sec(2002-06 BASE)
  • Standing 1/4-mile: 15.1 sec(2002-04 TYPE -S)
  • Standing 1/4-mile: 14.9 sec(2005-06 TYPE -S) @ 95 mph[1]
  • 70 mph-0 mph braking distance : 181 ft (55 m) [1]
  • 300 feet (91 m) skidpad : 0.86 g [1]
  • EPA Fuel Economy: 24 mpg-US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg-imp) city/31 mpg-US (7.6 L/100 km; 37 mpg-imp) highway[2]

Replacement[edit]

Although it had been a relatively strong seller for Honda, the RSX did not fit within the confines of Acura's re-structured market strategy, formulated after the decision to take the Acura brand worldwide (previously, the Acura nameplate has appeared only in North America, elsewhere in the world the same models are sold as Hondas). With the introduction of the similarly powerful and less expensive 2006 model-year Honda Civic Si to the marketplace, the decision was made to discontinue production of the RSX, with the final units built in summer 2006. The last one rolled off the assembly line on July 7, 2006. Because of its lower pricing and longer list of available options, Honda considered the new Civic Si to be a more viable choice for performance minded young men(or women), who were the most common buyers of RSXs. The TSX would replace the Acura RSX as Acura's entry level nameplate starting in 2007.

Canadian 2004 RSX Type-S Interior

Racing[edit]

Acura won the Manufacturers' Championship of the SCCA World Challenge Touring Car class in 2006, running both RSXs and TSXs. RSX drivers finished in 5th and 9th in the Drivers' Championship.[3] Kensai Racing is using RSXs and TSXs in the KONI Challenge Series.[4] Badged as a Honda, the DC5 won the British Touring Car Championship with Matt Neal in 2005 and 2006, for Team Dynamics (branded as Team Halfords after the title sponsor).

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