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Good news, Hondaphiles: Acura may be planning a return to the sports car game. According to Motor Trend, the Japanese automaker has plans to add up to three new performance-oriented models to its lineup over the next few years. While that includes a spiritual successor to the NSX, it may also mean that the RSX will return to life, as well. The entry-level sports hatch was nixed in the U.S. back in 2006, leaving the TSX to carry the burden of luring younger buyers to the brand.

MT reports that the RSX-successor is on the Acura near-term agenda, and that while supply issues kicked up by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan my delay the vehicle somewhat, it shouldn't be long before we start seeing three-door mules kicking around on public streets.

Under the hood, the vehicle will likely pack a modified version of the same 201-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine found in the recently unveiled 2012 Honda Civic Si. Expect to find a six-speed manual cog box, complete with a helical limited-slip differential, bolted behind that mill.

Of course, this particular report has been kicking around since 2009, so we'll wait for a little more solid confirmation before busting out the welcome-back party hats.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they bring back the name Integra, even if it's Integra RSX. I swear Acura's sales started going down when they dropped their iconic names/branding.
        drcmelr
        • 4 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Bingo. Bring back names that have a meaning. Not just alphabet soup.
        slayerhk47
        • 4 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Still have my 96 integra. One of the best 'cheap' cars I have ever driven. If they came out with the integra again, even as a honda, I would have found my next car.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just go "retro" and call it an Integra? The Integra name seems to have a much better following than the RSX name plate ever did.
      Michael
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why wouldnt it get a Manual if its an Acura, the TL and TSX offer manuals. If it doesn't have a turbo don't build it, whats wrong with using the RDX's engine?
      Jason
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be an excellent idea for Acura to bring back the RSX. They were awesome little cars that competed relatively well with the GTI and other hott little cars. Acura is not quite a tier one luxury maker so I think it would be safe for them to bring it back since they don't seem to be trying to battle with the Germans quite as much. Acura does make great cars though.
      Mike Gaudiello
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see them revisit their late 80's/early 90's roots. Keep the chassis/bodywork light, motor under 2.0L, and put it in that range of about 100HP/L. Basically, just give the world another DC3 GSR, but lighter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike Gaudiello
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        • 4 Years Ago
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      Logan Wild
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have wanted an Acura RSX Type-S for YEARS!!!! Perfect size car with great performance to bad the insurance is through the roof for this car :/ Lame!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
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      JK
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never been great at math, but by my calculations, the article lists two cars. Which leaves me wondering what the 3rd mystery car could be? Cough cough S2000 successor? It would be nice to think so, anyway....
      Phontsolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just update the Interga and call it a day.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        artandcolour2010
        • 4 Years Ago
        people still talk like this? I love our domestic cars as much as the next guy, but using racist terms like "japs?" Really? Pathetic.
          styxmiko
          • 4 Years Ago
          @artandcolour2010
          nothing wrong with calling them "japs" they call us "monkeys" and I call you an uneducated person for not knowing that they call us monkeys!!!
        rllama
        • 4 Years Ago
        I realize this argument is pointless, but I'm about to pass 200,000 miles on my '02 RSX - with no mechanical failures other than the tape deck and a power lock... original clutch and all. How many GM products do you figure are on the road that can say that? Honda hasn't made a car I've wanted to buy in the last 5 years, but I'll still take their quality record over GM until I see some proof that GM can make a car that will reliably run for half that long.
        • 4 Years Ago
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      Paul M
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL... with 200 hp? Forget it. Unless you're magically going to build it under 2,500 lbs., that measly horsepower doesn't cut it anymore. And since it's an Acura, I bet it won't get a manual. Those are two pretty big nails in the coffin right there.
        Jason
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Paul M
        I wouldn't go saying that there won't be a manual. I'm quite sure there will be a manual since when they did sell the RSX, I would say at least half of the ones I have seen for sale are manual. It would be nice though if when it does come out if there is a dual clutch automatic option as well.
      FlyingBangus
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, not going to hold my breath for it. Let's see..... Fugly Acura TL Fugly Honda Accord (I think USDM only) Fugly Honda Crosstour Fugly and LOL Honda CR-Z LOL "NEW" Honda Civic Si with 7yr old TSX engine The TSX and MDX are nice though, so maybe a glimmer of hope...... I'd rather see them bust their lazy butts off making a damn good S2000 successor than bringing out an RSX that will have to compete with the GTI, Speed3, and maybe even their own Civic Si. Then there's also the Genesis coupe, 370Z, and the pony cars. Oh, also the FT-86, if that ever comes into fruition.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FlyingBangus
        You forgot the ZDX which is just a rebadged Crossturd err I mean Crosstour. How in the bloody hell those get the green light over the S2000, NSX and V8 is beyond me.
      AcuraCake
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had one of the 2002 RSX Type-S and it sucked. Slow, crappy tires, crappy brakes. I sold it in less than 2 years. At the time, this was an upgrade from the Civic Si, which had the 160hp 2.0, while the RSX-s had the 200hp 2.0. But with both having exactly the same engine, I see no reason to pay more for the Acura.
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @AcuraCake
        The RSX was the fastest and best performing vehicle in its class when it debuted, outperformed everything but the SRT4. Tires can be replaced, brakes can be replaced. The engines were NOT the "exact" same other than the fact they were a K20. The EP Civic Si was by far the most disappointing Si to date, and you saw no reason that the RSX was better even though it was a second faster to 0-60, had a nicer interior, and handled WORLDS better??? Are you even an enthusiast??? You have no idea of what you are talking about.
        drcmelr
        • 4 Years Ago
        @AcuraCake
        @Nightflight Keywords there are "when it debuted:... The Hot Compact Import segment blew up shortly after that car. The RSX outperformed cars like the Celica, Eclipse which weren't all that impressive. For the time they were, but it was short lived. I owned a 2000 Fed Spec Eclipse GT with minor mods and I used to beat Integra Type R's. I never raced an RSX though. So I can't comment on that car specifically. Once cars like the SRT-4, WRX (even though it was $5k more, 4 door, and AWD it was still a competitor) , MS3, Cobalt SS came out though the RSX was under powered, and over priced. Sure it had a nicer interior, was probably more reliable, but bang for your buck it was not.
          • 4 Years Ago
          @drcmelr
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