Why Honda’s Integra Type R Remains One Of The Best FWD Performance Cars

Honda has a long tradition in performance cars, with some of them already rapidly appreciating in value, including of course, the original Integra Type R.

An affordable boy racer of its time, the performance version of the series was a lightweight compact coupe fitted with a particularly revy 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that featured the company’s now legendary VTEC variable valve timing system. It was also the first Type R to be officially imported into Europe.

It’s no wonder why the Honda Integra Type R (DC2 for the geeks out there) is considered a true modern classic these days. Compared to the standard model, it came with a stiffer, seam-welded body shell for added rigidity, and of course, model-specific suspension and brakes.

European-specification cars were fitted with a 187hp (190PS) version of the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter VTEC engine that could rev up to 8,400rpm and paired to a close-ratio manual five-speed transmission -complete with the gorgeous titanium shift knob. A limited-slip differential up front made sure that everything is under control while kerb weight was just 1,140kg (2,513lbs).

Honda’s little screaming white demon is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6.7 seconds and of a top speed of 145mph (233km/h). However, it was the way it went through the bends that truly gave it its legendary status, proving that front-wheel drive cars can offer one of the most exciting driving experiences in the automotive world.

In the video review that follows, Autocar’s Matt Prior elaborates on why he sees the first Honda Integra Type R as the best front-wheel drive performance car ever.


  • FlamerSmasherMBXCar_Part II

    I knew of a teacher named Ms. Selinger she used to teach at a high school in Arnold Missouri U.S.A. called Fox High School. I tell you Ms. Selinger is gorgeous and owned a Honda/Acura Integra talking about a anime queen she is.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I sincerely hope she wasn’t your English teacher.

      • FlamerSmasherMBXCar_Part II

        No she is a Special Education teacher.

  • Steve Cohn

    Of course Honda/Acura won’t produce any car in this class any more. All Acura has is the less than satisfied ILX.

    • Mill0048

      Sad but true. People won’t buy them anyway. Revvy NA motors fell out of style compared to high HP/TQ turbos with instant torque. Then there’s the emissions issues.

  • Mr. EP9

    I always did like the Integra Type R. Back in the days when design was much more simple and clean. Now when you see the bloated up and atrocious Civic Type R next to it, that makes me appreciate the Integra even more.

  • rodriguez256

    In stock form I really like these cars and most of the older Honda’s. However in the hands of mods I almost always dislike them. Very rare to see them tastefully done and not have a fart can.

  • nastinupe

    I always wanted one, I had to settle for a 1994 Honda Civic EX Coupe but the Integra was my dream car in the mid-90’s.

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