• Sep 1, 2009
Remember back in the day when Honda was all about building two-doors? At various times between its own badge and its premium Acura division, the Japanese automaker had the Prelude, CRX, RSX, NSX, Legend, CL and S2000 – in addition to coupe versions of the Civic and Accord. A few years down the line and the S2000 is on its way out, leaving the Civic and Accord coupes to hold down the fort by themselves until the new NSX arrives in whatever form it takes. According to new reports, however, the Japanese automaker is keen to bridge that gap once again with a successor to the RSX coupe.

Based on the next-gen Civic, due in 2011, the new RSX (or whatever it would be labeled) is rumored to, like the upcoming CT hatchback from arch-rival Lexus, take on the likes of the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Volvo C30 in the premium compact segment. If it happens, expect a front-drive layout with probable four-cylinder propulsion (if not a hybrid setup like the forthcoming CR-Z), but beyond that your guess is as good as ours, so stay tuned.

[Source: eGMCarTech]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, this would be nice. Honda/Acura getting back to its root and creating fun, efficient driver's car.

      However, please please please.. make sure do not let the same design team that worked on fugly Accord Crossover and many recent Acura be on this project! (RDX, new TL with BIG sheild, RL.. etc) (But.. maybe it's too late. I am sure they have finalized the basic design by now already!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at that totally decent looking grill. Shame what has happened to Acura.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh this could be really boring..


      unless they make a turbo'd 4 with the SH-AWD system shoehorned into the 2door coupe...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If it happens, expect a front-drive layout with probable four-cylinder propulsion (if not a hybrid setup like the forthcoming CR-Z), but beyond that your guess is as good as ours, so stay tuned."

      Sure, everyone wants to buy a hybrid. Seriously, I hate hybrids. A four pot is fine, but can't a manufacturer make one hybrid and call it good.

      Anyway, I liked the RSX and the predecessor (Integra). Good cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Acura needs some serious soul searching, besides the TL, all their vehicles are unmemorable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They're all memorable now, c'mon...you go blind when the sun reflects off the front of any of them and you damn sure remember that!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait.. I thought they dropped the RSX due to the fact it didnt fit in with their brand image or something to that effect not so long ago. And now they are saying they wish to resurect it?! I'll be taking this with a grain of salt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They COULD resurrect it with a bit more style (1 series), less Civic Si.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i dont think they anticipated everyone else joining the segment they were abandoning. least of all that they'd do so successfully.

        Acura could have owned this market if they had continued along the path of the 2 and 4dr Integras. oh well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new RSX replacement needs to have the 2.3 turbo instead of just having VTEC by itself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They ran out of cars to deface with their new grill...why not bring back the RSX and do the same?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've got a 05 TSX as well and even though i prefer rwd its a great daily driver with nice handling and decent performance along with good looks and great interior. I don't mind the styling of the new TSX i just wish it hadn't gotten bigger, the size was perfect for me already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still own a 2002 RSX Type-S. This car is so wonderful. If they had continued with it and continued refining it, it would be selling wonderfully RIGHT NOW.

      I would love to see something from Honda/Acura to compete with the Genesis Coupe and the upcoming small RWD Toyota/Scion tC. I know Honda said they won't do RWD, but we don't need them to R&D all new stuff. Use the S2000 chassis as a starting point. Such a car, I would buy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda sticking with a FWD NA 4cyl? Ya don't say. My '97 Accord will be the last Honda I ever buy until they come out with something that is as much fun and as powerful as a Mazdaspeed3. At least the S2000 offered something nobody else did, and while more expensive than the Miata it was well done. A weak, slow, 4cyl "RSX" is going to offer nothing over a Kia except a higher price tag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Compared to Lexus ,Acura does not seem to have done that well.
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