VTEC Dreams Look Like This 9000 RPM N/A K24 Acura RSX

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Building a Honda K motor for torque makes all the difference in an RSX.

We’ve known for a while now that turbocharged K20 and K24 motors pump out some crazy horsepower numbers. That’s great and all, but one of the things we have always loved even more is the rev-happy N/A motors that make us proud of hitting that VTEC crossover.

Marcus Vandenberg from the Roads Untraveled YouTube channel is experiencing a tuned Honda for the first time, but this one is a bit different in its approach from what we are typically used to in an N/A build. Vandenberg says of this DC5, “This is built for straight line. The torque curve is essentially flat from 3000 RPM.”


It accomplishes that through a K24 block, a K20 top end and high-compression pistons. In all, it makes a healthy 250 horsepower to the wheels backed up by 195 lb/ft of torque. Not only is that respectable, it also allows this car to hit 105 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile for a trap speed.


But aside from the speed, it’s the way this engine delivers power that makes it much more fun than most. “9000 RPM! I don’t care if you are making as little horsepower as the Honda Beat we filmed, which revved to something like 12,000 RPM. Revving that high makes the driving experience so much more exciting,” Vandenberg proclaims.


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Think it looks like a ricer? That’s done on purpose. It’s meant to get people think that’ it’s just plastered with stickers and with an oversize obnoxious exhaust. However, given the hardware, that’s not the case. As well, the interior is almost all stock, so it’s a daily, rather than a ratty build.


Granted, the owner claims it’ll eventually get a wrap and completely transform the look of the car. We just hope this RSX continues to take high RPM trips down the strip. Viva la VTEC!

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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