So i heard the RSX Type S has this performance package you get get added on, what exactly does it do? I've heard it's just a load of crap and isn't worth buying. But i'm curious what they actually add into your car. Will it come with the 03's too?
Acura To Offer Factory Performance Package for RSX Type-S
Cleveland, Ohio 07/11/2002 -- Acura will offer its first Factory Performance package for the RSX Type-S at dealerships nationwide beginning in early 2003, the company announced today.
The Factory Performance package features track-tuned shocks and springs that lower the car by approximately one inch. These shocks and springs combined with lightweight aluminum alloy wheels, 17-inch high performance tires, slotted brake rotors and performance brake pads give the RSX Type-S razor sharp handling, reduced body roll, increased cornering grip and enhanced braking performance. A rear wing spoiler, an under-body spoiler kit and an interior trim package featuring a Factory Performance shift knob and badging, give the car an aggressive, high performance look.
"Since the RSX Type-S is already so popular with the performance enthusiast market, it gives us the perfect opportunity to launch this exciting collection of factory high performance components," said Stony Furutani, manager of accessory marketing. "An RSX owner can now build a pure Acura performance vehicle with no compromises and without voiding 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 Type-S 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.
"The warranty coverage alone makes buying the Factory Performance package a smart move versus buying aftermarket parts," explained Furutani. "And since it includes only genuine Acura parts, you know you're getting the same high level of quality as the rest of your vehicle."
The RSX Type-S Factory Performance package will include:
High performance, track-tuned shocks and springs
Slotted brake rotors and performance brake pads
Lightweight 17x7.5 inch alloy wheels
High performance tires (225/45VR17)
Factory performance rear wing spoiler
Under-body spoiler kit
Metallic look interior trim kit
Factory Performance shift knob
Factory Performance badging
Acura Factory Performance is a complete dealer installed accessory package that addresses the demands of performance enthusiasts by providing enhanced handling, aggressive looks, quality, and durability, while maintaining the legendary Acura driving experience. For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For media inquiries, please go to www.acuranews.com.
But so many of us do those mods anyway.
Lightweight alloys are a huge chunk on their own.
And the wing - don't forget to factor the extra $$$ you would normally need to have an aftermarket one painted.
The suspension package seems worthy.
For $200 you can get an aftermarket trim kit that looks like ass. OEM ones look much nicer.
I'm sure a lot of people who would do those mods might find it attractive to have all those done all at one.
So what i'm saying is, break down the cost and make your own judgement. You also need to factor in hidden costs and additional benefits that don't have a monetary value (time, added reliability of OEM/OEM approved parts)
on the other hand, for most of us who enjoy customizing, this might beat the purpose.
But really, it's no different from the current trend that manufacturers are following with including various add-ons to existing models to tap into the aftermarket youth segment.
Perhaps, if they included the LSD, it might be worth it. Basically, it's almost all show and little go. The suspension and brake modifications are the only real performance enhancements. The rest is just "go fast" looks. The wheels might be considered a performance improvement, as long as they were specified for strength and weight rather than looks.
Another way to look at it is how much would it cost to upgrade the springs, shocks, brakes, wheels, and tires if you went aftermarket? Is the difference between that cost and the cost of the performance package worth it to get the body kit, spoiler, interior treatment, etc.? If so, it might be worthwhile, if you're into that sort of thing.