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#792 of 2585 RSX has serious new competition
Jan 07, 2002 (9:36 pm)
I went to the Philly Auto Show on the opening day (Sat., 1/5). I got there kind of late so I didn't get a chance to meticulously look at the RSX and similar cars in its class. (I got a little distracted by the concept and exotic vehicles.) I finally got to see the interior of the RSX and I can say I'm impressed. Things are kept simple (large, round gauges) and appear easy-to-use while driving. The styling is bland from the side profile, but I'm starting to like the headlights and taillights. Oh why couldn't Acura add a couple character lines to the RSX? Yes, they want the mature crowd (as opposed to the boy-racers that the Integra may have) as potential buyers, but that's still a lame excuse.
The car I was highly looking forward to was also at the show. Yes, I'm referring to the 2003 Hyundai (cough, cough) Tiburon GT. That coupe looks sweet, the interior is on par with the RSX's, and it will have a 2.7 V6 engine purportedly generating 181 HP. Edmunds had a preview of it in an article published last month. The "booth babe" said it will be available in late Feb. or March and will sell for $17-20 grand, depending on the trim. The only options that will be available immediately are sunroof and auto transmission. She also said the car will weigh in at 2900 pounds, which means that it won't be as fast as the 2700+ pound RSX-S. Oh well, can't win them all.
The redesigned Tiburon looks like a very strong contender. If only the public (present company included) can get past the name of the make! I'll be test driving both of these cars over the next couple months. I'd be interested to know if MT, R&T, and/or C&D mags have a more detailed review - please let me know if you spot such an article. I didn't get a chance to ask Acura on what tweaks they plan on making to the 2003 version of the RSX, although I would assume it would be minor, if not insignificant.
#793 of 2585 can anyone help me with my question at #750?
Jan 07, 2002 (9:48 pm)
#794 of 2585 RSX vs. Celica Styling
Jan 08, 2002 (11:44 am)
I've read several comments on people's preferences of the RSX or Celica. Personally, I think the RSX is a nicer car because it has a more refined ride. Really, it's more refined overall. I also like the conservative style of the RSX. However, after seeing both the cars parked next to each other, I have to admit that the Celica is a very sporty looking car and it makes the RSX look rather plain. I'm assuming that most people who prefer the RSX are practically offended by the looks of the Celica. I do have to admit that the Celica screams young driver, particularly young female driver, and I prefer the RSX for that reason. However, in defense of the Celica, it is really does look like a sports car, while the RSX does not.
Jan 08, 2002 (1:48 pm)
I think I would prefer the Celica's styling if it didn't have that weird angular bulge running over the rear wheel arch. Otherwise it's a great looking car.
In comparison, the RSX has nothing that looks weird, but nothing that stands out either. I like the overall shape and the view of the front and rear ends. It needs something on the flanks, though. Maybe a character line along the lower half of the doors or over the rear quarter. Anything, so long as it isn't a hit-me-over-the-head-with-it motif like the Celica's rear end.
Jan 08, 2002 (2:45 pm)
15 inch wheels versus 16 or 17 inch:
Usually it is the unsprung weight from a larger wheel that can hurt performance, but it can be countered if you can make a good choice of wheel, that is lighter. If you wish to change to a larger rim, you might want to keep the overall diameter of the wheel (metal + rubber) the same. For example, US version (RSX base as well as the Type-S) get P215/55/R16 tires. We can calculate the overall diameter of the wheel in the following way (the numbers in italics are from the specifications for the tire),
16 + ((215 * 2) * 55)/(25.4 * 100)
This is equal to 25.31 inch.
Now, if I were to replace the 16 inch rim with 17 inch, I would have to reduce the aspect ratio (55 above) so that the overall diameter remains the same. I would go to 50 aspect ratio tire (lower aspect ratio=lower profile). So now we would have,
17 + (215*2*)*50/(25.4*100) = 25.46 inch
The overall diameter is just a little more and will have negligible effect.
If you go to a different overall diameter, assuming that the wheel would still fit without rubbing, it could affect your speedometer/odometer reading as well as have some effect on overall gearing. Integra Type-R in Japan comes with P215/45/R17 tires so an overall diameter of only 24.62".
I don't know about the other question though, but I hope you got the answer to atleast one.
Jan 08, 2002 (2:48 pm)
rk888: I don't have the ground effects kit, nor do I have splash guards. If you plan on driving over gravel roads, I don't think splash guards are going to help you out that much. Just my opinion. On the rear, I notice that there is a lot of dirt being built up behind the rear wheel on the bumper. But it's the bumper so I'm not too concerned about it. I'm not sure, but I think you should be able to put the splash guards over the side and rear skirts.
As for tires, apparently, with larger tires the car handles better, I think it has something to do with the lower profile sidewall. The downside is that the tires will cost a bit more than your 15" tires. That's the basic knowledge that I have.
With respect to the celica, I don't mind it. It just wasn't me. The RSX suits me just fine.
Jan 08, 2002 (2:58 pm)
IMO, a car needs more than character lines, and RSX seems to deliver. Tiburon also looks like a nice coupe, but given my behind the wheel experience in various Hyundai cars (Sonata, XG300 and Tiburon, all rental), unless there is something drastically different about it, I might just end up admiring its value, and style about which I admit having a mixed feeling.
Honda usually goes for evolutionary simplicity, and I happen to like that. You'd always find something carried over from other Honda/Acuras of the past. For example, the RSX rear reminds me of early 90's Acura Legend. But at times it can be too simple (last Prelude), if you really expected something spicy. RSX looks nice to me from any angle. Nice and compact. I got another chance to be in an RSX (service loaner) this afternoon with a friend to lunch. It was the automatic version though. If my wife weren't against manual transmission (and two doors), I would have traded our 2002 Civic by now (a car that replaced my dear Prelude for the same reason).
#799 of 2585 Was looking to buy new RSX S until I saw New Z price
Jan 08, 2002 (4:15 pm)
I was looking to buy a new RSX Type S until I saw the price release on the new 350Z today.
The RSX I was pricing was going to be over 25K with options and the new Z is only 26K.
I would like to know what some of your opinions are about this change of heart. Should I stick with the RSX or go for the Z?
Jan 08, 2002 (5:11 pm)
Is that in American currency...the new Z is supposed to go 0-50 in less than 6 seconds. 26 is just too good of a deal for something that fast. And you know what they say, if it's too good to be true, it probably is.
Jan 08, 2002 (5:17 pm)
The prices for the new Z were announced today. See below link for details.