Honda Integra Type R Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price
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- Mar 17, 2021
Honda Integra Type R Review Australia
Who hasn’t heard of the company name Honda? It is one of the leading car companies of all times. Honda’s automobiles have been used since the early 1990’s. They have built excellent customer relationships and brand trust. Their brand has been consistent in satisfying their customer’s needs and have delivered exceptional results. Honda being one of the top manufacturers in the world, specifically in countries like Pakistan, India, Australia and North America, where the use of automobiles is at large. Honda came up with some of the best cars, sports car motorcycles and other power equipment.
If we talk about Honda’s sports car, we can’t say it is the best, but we can say that it isn’t the worst. Honda came out with a total of 37 Racing cars. Each of which have an individual speciality and performance. The founder of Honda decided that he wanted to enter the Isle Man TT in Grand Prix motorcycle racing and upon his decision, he started working on developing a racing automobile. The motorcycle took 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th place in the race, awarfing the manufacturer's team award. From here onward, Soichiro Honda decided that he wanted to make sports cars a part of the Honda team.
In this article, we’re going to discuss one of the most prestigious sports cars there is; Honda Integra Type R. Type R models were mainly built to have focus on increasing the racing ability. Hence, they made it their goal to work on maximizing the performance of the vehicle. To brief it a little, they fine-tuned the engine, suspension and the entire set up of the car because they wanted something light weight with exceptional performance. Originally, the car was designed for Racetracks only but since Honda took an interest in VTEC engines, the car targeted a much wider audience.
The first Type R car was Honda NSX Type R which targeted a high market in Japan. It’s weight was lighter than previous cars and performance was good considering it’s aggressive suspension.
The second Type R car is what we’re going to focus on here. The car is Integra Type R, which has three separate cars; DC2 Integra Type R, US Integra Type R and DC5 Integra Type R.
DC5 Integra Type R
Let’s start with the DC5 Integra Type R. The car is equipped with a 1.8-liter DOHC VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine which means it produces 200 PS at 8,000 rpm in Japanese Market, however, in the US, it produces 195 hp at8,000 rpm and 130 lb-ft of torque at 5,700 rpm. Both the engines have increased power which is due to higher compression. It also has a larger throttle body and high volume exhaust manifold.
It has 5-speed manual transmission. The first gear and the final drive of this car was similar to that of GS-R transmission but the other gears were much closer to each other. This car is also equipped with a Helical Limited-slip differential.
The creators wanted to focus on this car’s rigidity by minimizing the weight and increasing the power. Because of this mindset, they made larger strut tower bars, rear performance rods on the rear frame and some body reinforcements. It also has larger sway bars and improved damper and springs. The car has 15 x 6 aluminum wheels.
Additionally, larger rotors and calipers were added and the ABS system was revised. Vanity mirrors, cruise control and rear wipers were limited to save weight. Air conditioning option was also provided.
US Integra Type R:
This model specifically targeted the US market. The only option in this car available in 1997 was air-conditioning. The car was not available from 1997-1999, but it returned in 2000 and remained available til the end of 2001. The first model of the car was made 25 p more than the Integra GS-R and was 93 lb lighter. This car also set a record of the most per litter of a naturally aspirated piston engine ever produced in the US. This record was later broken by Honda S2000 which made 120 hp (89 kW) per liter.
DC5 Type R:
This came with a standard with a K20A 220 hp 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in which the "i" stands for intelligent VTEC. This means that it employs VTC to advance the timing up to 50 degrees. The car also has an equipped Recaro seats along with four-piston Brembo front brakes and a 6 speed manual transmission.
The price range of this gorgeous series of Honda cars ranges between 15k-25k AUD, that is of course, if you’re buying a new one. For a used car, i think you can get a good deal somewhere between 10k-15k AUD.
Here are some of the reviews of the Honda Integra Type R:
“ Integra DC2 is by far the most impressive and fun car (as standard) that was ever mass produced from the 90's era I am confident enough to say that I will probably never find a car out there that will make me feel how the Integra did and the biggest thing about the car is that it filled you with confidence along with making you feel 17 again”
“the latest generation of machines are it’s hard to argue against the poise and delicacy of the original. You’ll need to be quick though if you want to experience the original Integra Type-R – prices are on the rise and the British climate hasn’t been kind to them. Our advice? Find a good one and cherish it before it’s too late.”
“There’s a degree of throttle adjustability, too. Turn in, accelerate, and the Integra digs in and tightens its line. Then, when you might expect understeer, there’s a shift in attitude as the rear end starts to rotate. If exuberant, Tokyo Drift slides are your thing, a GT86 or BRZ does a better job. But the Type R’s mid-corner malleability adds a frisson of sophistication, setting it apart from all but the finest hot hatches.”
In conclusion, this car definitely has the potential to be an amazing sports car and has been proven to be a good drive for beginners or someone who drives sports cars as a hobby. If you’re interested, maybe you should get one of these bad boys!
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