• Feb 22, 2010
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With Acura's decision to nix V8 power and rear-wheel drive in favor of new hybrid drivetrains, dealers are worried that the brand's relentless pursuit of Tier 1 status – on par with Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz – may be threatened. But that's not the real news.

Buried at the end of an Automotive News piece about a recent Acura dealer meeting was this gem:
"[Jeff Conrad, vice president of the Acura division] confirmed that Acura is considering a small car below the TSX sedan. The vehicle not only would compete against the BMW 1 series, Audi A3 and Volvo C30 but also would help meet looming CAFE regulations."
With the TSX's growth spurt, a smaller offering from the automaker could be in order, and judging by the competition, that could mean the rebirth of the RSX. Then again, Acura could pull a CSX (an upgraded Civic for the Canadian market) or maybe even a CR-Z-based offering. Judging by the choice wording, we somehow doubt the former is in the cards, but with Acura's recent hybrid push, something with a gas-electric drivetrain seems likely.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      God, I'm so tired of this ridiculous hybrid push. What was so wrong with the RSX? Granted it may have been priced high. I don't seem to remember them collecting dust in lots around here. I think they should stuff the RDX turbo engine into something sub TSX.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe just make a TSX coupe?

      As much as I like the old integra's and RSX's when I think of a new RSX slotted below the TSX it just doesnt make that much sense when you have the Civic Si...unless they bring back the GSR and type R integra that push the performance up a level? But they could also do that with a Civic Si type R
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as they get rid of their horrible grill and make as fun as the last gen RSX, I'm fine with that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In a couple years I would like to downsize to something slightly edgier than my '05 TSX

      ...two less doors, NO hybrid drivetrain, 3 pedals, FIRM suspension, around 240 hp w/7K+ redline. Last RSX type R + S2000 engine = YES

      That would be enough to steer me away from G37 Coupe, BMW 135i, Genesis Coupe...

      Now let's suggest Honda/'cura live on the edge and port the S2000 RWD over to it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Acura, like Cadillac will never compete with the top tier manufactrers like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.
      They are nice cars but are in the near-luxury segment.

      RSX was a good sporty car. Drove very nicely and had a smooth gearbox.It was a shame they axed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cadillac actually DID compete with those manufacturers once upon a time. Acura is the relative newcomer even though it is the oldest of the Japanese spinoff brands.

      Another important difference is Cadillac actually has the powertrains to compete with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. They developed cars like the CTS-V because if you can't beat them at prestige you might as well beat them at power. Acura has neither and as long as they continue on this course they will always be stuck in that nether region just beneath premium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why Acura ever stopped making the RSX I'll never know. My dad had the '94 Integra GS-R and has it to this day. People still offer to buy it from him on a weekly basis. If they really knew what he had under the hood... they'd really want it!

      I had a 2005 RSX until a couple of weeks ago. Honda cut the Prelude just like Acrua cut the RSX / INTEGRA and it was something I couldn't believe!

      Please Acura.... don't put a hybrid in a coupe. It's just tacky. Let's get back to what worked! Build us a posrt car again! (And not that NSX that we can't afford...)

      • 4 Years Ago
      You can bet it will be hybrid as their stated goal in the article is to meet CAFE regs.
      Welcome to a CR-Z with an Acura badge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe they'll shovel in a K20 w/that IMA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      after all the brand image literally falling apart... this is still a decision they need to "consider?" .....someone need to smack them in the head

      start making these coupes already... BMW is already considering adding the ZERO series after having their 1 series. I don't see how 0 and 1 series brought down the BMW brand as a hold. If anything.. more money.

      Oh... Audi has A3 and A1.

      If anything.. Acura is just cheap and I would just go for Gensis stuffs from Hyundai.. even cheaper.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If its a new Beat, I'll take ten!
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it gonna be like a honda fit based car? than it would be a very quick and spunky car to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      PLEASE for the love of car gods bring back the RSX (Integra). I've had 3 of them over the course of my driving carrier, and i would LOVE to own another one!!!!
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