Like Father, Like Son?: Luis Torres' 2003 Acura RSX Type S

Photography by Nhu Nguyen


Sometimes an enthusiast’s love for cars runs in the family, and that certainly seems to be the case with Luis Torres. When he was much younger, his father used to bring him out to cars shows and the drag strip, so it’s only natural that Torres developed an affinity for cars. His father was all about muscle cars, but Torres is the other side of the coin: he’s all about his imports.

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Torres has long been a fan of Japanese cars, and held a particular soft spot in his heart for the DC5 Honda Integra Type R. In the U.S. market, the equivalent is the RSX, so he pulled the trigger on a 2003 Acura RSX Type S. With intentions to build a show car right from the start, he was looking for aftermarket parts in no time.

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The most treasured aspect of this build for Torres is the BuddyClub WTCC kit, an extremely rare and well made body kit. When he saw it for the first time, he knew it was the one for him, and he contacted BuddyClub USA. Unfortunately, by the time he had gotten in contact, BuddyClub had sold out of the kit, and hadn’t planned on making any more. “I left them my contact info and told them if they ever made a couple more to let me know,” says Torres.

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Almost a year later, his prayers were answered. BuddyClub had reproduced a limited amount of the WTCC kits, and they had one with Torres’ name on it. He purchased it immediately. Combined with his front end conversion, Type R spoiler, Top 1 diffuser, BBS RS wheels, and retrofitted headlights, the car’s look had been completely transformed.

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Although he started out building a show car, Torres’ time with the car has slowly given him the need for speed, and he says he finds himself wanting to track the car more and more. There is a transition we can get behind!

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With 17% of the Popular Vote, Luis Torres with his 2003 Acura RSX Type S won the Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE award category competition at Hot Import Nights: Dallas at Market Hall in Dallas, TX!

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ESSENTIALS

VEHICLE: 2003 Acura RSX Type S
OWNER: Luis Torres
LOCATION: Garland, TX
ENGINE: Honda K20A2 2.0L I4

SOCIAL
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luigi.torres.338
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dc5_luigi/

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ENGINE 

  • Hondata KPro

DRIVETRAIN 

  • Exedy stage 3 clutch

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WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES 

  • BBS RS wheels – 18x10 +10 (f/r)
  • Federal 595-RR tires – 265/40/18 (f/r)

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION

  • BC Racing NA coilovers with Swift springs

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EXTERIOR 

  • BuddyClub WTCC widebody kit
  • 2005-2006 RSX front bumper conversion
  • Type R spoiler
  • Top 1 diffuser
  • Mini H1 retrofitted headlights
  • Morimoto lighting

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09 Luis Torres 2003 Acura RSX Type S PASMAG TBGLIVE
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INTERIOR

  • Suede headliner
  • Diamond-stitched accents
  • Blox shift knob
  • Vertex steering wheel
  • DC5 Recaro seats
  • Takata harnesses
  • Carbon fiber trim

07 Luis Torres 2003 Acura RSX Type S PASMAG TBGLIVE
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11 Luis Torres 2003 Acura RSX Type S PASMAG TBGLIVE
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SPONSORS

  • Rolling Art, Tru Photography, JoeDaddys Customs, CS Bodyshop, Elite Ride Accessories

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