2003 Acura RSX 'Factory Performance'
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Published on Fri, Jan 17, 2003
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
RSX TYPE-S SPORT COUPE: New
'Factory Performance' Package
By HARVEY SCHWARTZ All Photos & © by Harvey Schwartz
premiered its first 'Factory Performance' upgrade package for the popular RSX-S
model center stage at the Acura display during this year's SEMA Show.
Factory Performance package goes on sale in early 2003 and it was my fortune
to be able to test-drive the very vehicle that was on display at the SEMA Show.
The new Acura RSX-Type S FP edition is a thrill to drive around town,
on the open road and around twisting mountain roads.
The potent, 200hp, high-revving DOHC 2.0 liter i-VTEC is now better matched
to an enhanced suspension system that features custom track-tuned shocks and
springs that lower the car by approximately one inch.
These shocks and springs combined with lightweight Kreuzer 17x7 inch
Series X aluminum alloy wheels wrapped around by very sticky
A tall, Factory Performance rear wing spoiler and an under-body spoiler kit further enhance the more aggressive, high-performance look. On the inside is metallic-look trim around the door handles and four round air-outlets. The inside also features Factory Performance badging, and the silky smooth, quick shifting 6-speed stick now sports a metal knob with FP graphic on top.
in early 2003, an RSX Types owner can build a pure Acura performance vehicle
with no compromises and without affecting the factory warranty on their car.
The Factory Performance package will have an MSRP of $4,800, plus installation.
While Acura offers a wide range of dealer installed accessories, the
introduction of the RSX Types Factory Performance package marks the first time
Acura will offer a comprehensive high performance kit to be installed by dealers
and covered under a factory warranty.