Re: Saw it in person not very impressed
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99Type_SH wrote: Well, if anyone cares, and I hope someone from acura is reading this. I was the OP and had waiting over a year for this sub-tsx to come out to replace my 06 FG2. Well, I was underwhelmed with the styling and really didn't care for the powertrain. It did get me into the showroom and I realized I liked the styling of the TSX. I took the TSX for a test drive but ultimately the skyhigh Canadian prices and lack of character sent me looking again. Test drove a GTI and while i wasn't impressed with the top end character everything else was amazing. The leather interior, the low end grunt, the smooth shifts, the exterior looks, the efficient turbo 4 cylinder. So I've got one on order, so long Honda/Acura, until we meet again....if we meet again that is.
Would a 220hp K22 with a 6MT and LSD have made up for the underwhelming styling? If such a model existed, would you go for it?
Well, I don't blame you man. I had hoped for the return of the Integra, because by my estimation, that's what Acura needs and what I want to buy from them. I guess all these gen-Y folks itching to buy the ILX will get what they want instead.
Congrats and enjoy your MK VI GTI. Don't be a stranger to TOV, though. I recognize your screen name. We don't need to lose any more enthusiasts.
To answer your question, I most definitely would have bought a K22, with 220hp. That's what I was looking for or even a factory Frankenstein K24 w K20 head with 240HP would have done it. I might be in the minority but I don't mind the 9th civic coupe and although I want to get something a little more upmarket I would likely already be driving the 9th if it had such a motor. I 100% for sure would already have money down on the ILX if it was equipped that way.
I am certainly going to be keeping an eye on this place. I'm very curious to see how the ED powertrains turn out although admittedly I think Honda/Acura is now quite a few years away from their next great performance motor. It's really sad that they have completely lost their way. I am very sceptical that this new 'strategy' is going to be more profitable over the long term.
But here's to hoping they eventually go DI turbo, or get Hybrid performance motors right. It will not be the NA screamers that we have grown to love but as long as it pulls hard to redline like a K20 and is fitted in a nice Honda chassis they'll be enthusiasts lined up for miles trying to buy them. Absence makes the heart grow fonder after all.
Now its off to APR to see about the stage 2 upgrade. $1300 for 70HP and 100 additional ft/lbs of torque sounds pretty good to me right now.