The Integra Type R was launched in 1997, though its roots can be traced back years before that. In 1994 Honda debuted an all-wheel drive Integra prototype to the world's press, but it never went into production because of weight and cost. Instead, the design team concentrated on a lightweight, front-wheel-drive only vehicle and put into practice all their technology from the F1. The 110ci (1.8-litre) engine used their variable camshaft timing VTEC technology, low-friction pistons, high-volume intake, a bigger free-flow exhaust and a compression ratio of 11.1:1 for 195bhp (145kW), though being at 8,000rpm, the motor needed to be kept buzzing for best results. A stiffened bodyshell, full independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front, plus a helical gear-type limited-slip differential kept the power down and made it one of the best-handling front-wheel-drive cars ever.
Acura Integra Type R Specifications
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