Acura Integra Type R

Referred to by some as the “best handling front-wheel drive car of all time”, the Acura Integra R was one of those special gems that was made to slay the compact sports vehicles on the market at the time.

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Incredibly difficult to find these days, as most Integra Rs have been crashed in street races or modified to death, they’ve become even more iconic now than ever before. With a sporty nature and an engine like a lion’s roar, it was the little Acura that could. 

The Chronicle of the Acura Integra Type R

The Acura Integra Type R launched to the Japanese market in 1995 as a direct competitor of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. This was one of the first Acura cars to enter Honda’s high-end lineup, as they were out to compete with other luxury brands in the American market and could not compete with the Honda name. In 1997, the Integra-R finally hit the U.S. market.

The Acura Integra Type R At Peak Performance

The Acura Integra Type R only lasted until the end of 2001. It had a tiny 1.7L four-cylinder engine that was somehow able to output 195 horsepower thanks to forced induction technology. This gave it a 0-60 range of just under seven seconds. Only two colors were available in 2000 and 2001, including Phoenix Yellow and Black Pearl. 

A Timeline of the Acura Integra Type R

The Acura Integra Type R was introduced in 1997 with a 195 horsepower 1.8L four-cylinder engine. It utilized short suspension and large breaks on a small and lightweight body. It provided more horsepower per liter than any other U.S. car with mass-produced, aspirated engines. The GS and GS-R models featured 140 horsepower and 16-spoke alloy wheels. 

By 1998, the car received a bit of an aesthetic upgrade with revised bumpers and rear light clusters. It was only available in white during this years. In 1999, the Type-R hatchback and coupe models were taken off the lineup, leaving the LS, GS, and GS-R models on the lineup. 

By 2001, the Type-R came back with a simulated carbon fiber instrument panel, standard AC, leather upholstery, and an aluminum shift knob. 

The Acura Integra Type R In the News

In recent Acura Integra Type-R news, a 2001 Type R that had been stowed in a Canadian barn for many years is now up for sale for about $30,000 in U.S. currency. There have been many high-ball offers to part the car out according to Fox News, though the owner is refusing to. Find out more about the car in the video below:

Celebrity Endorsements of the Acura Integra Type R

The Integra Type R is such a rare vehicle that even celebrities haven’t seemed to have gotten a hold of them. If they have, they’re probably keeping it a secret, as it is one of the most stolen cars in the United States.

Top Acura Integra Type R Groups

As you can imagine, this legendary car has a few clubs and groups surrounding it, as there are a huge number of proud Type R owners. One of the best and most trafficked Type R groups is the Type R Club of America

The Acura Integra Type R – the Sports Car Slayer

Riding in an Integra Type R will have you sitting at the end of your seat, clenching your fists, dripping in sweat. Though rare, this little monster is a truly iconic car of the 1990s that any millennial will feel nostalgic thinking about.