In 1995, Honda introduced Acura Integra Type R in the Japanese domestic market (JDM). The Acura Integra Type R would many differences from other Acura Integra models that increasingly in the overall performance of the vehicle. The engine, transmission, body, suspension, brakes and interior have been revised compared to other Integra models.
The focus of the Acura Type R is to reduce weight while improving rigidity, The Acura Integra Type R has greater support tower bars, behind performance sticks to the back frame and numerous body reinforcements. The Acura Integra Type R has revised springs and dampers and larger sway bars.
Acura Integra Type R Features
The Acura Integra Type R has 5 drag (standard Integra’s 4 taps) 15 x 6 aluminum wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE010 195 / 55R15 tires. Larger rotors and calipers included and the ABS system has been revised as well. The 1998 JDM Type R will get 16″ alloy wheels wrapped in 215/45 / ZR16 tires.
Other features such as a moonroof, vanity mirrors, cruise control and eliminate rear wiper to save weight. Air conditioning was an option. The interior has also been revised to include a 10,000 rpm tachometer with a redline 8400 with revised sports cloth seats and an aluminum shift knob.
Acura Integra Type R Engine
The Acura Integra Type R is equipped with a 1.8-liter DOHC VTEC in-line 4-cylinder (B18C) engine. The American Acura Integra Type R was 195 HP produced at 8000 rpm and 130 lbs./ft. of torque at 5700 rpm. JDM and other international markets with 11: 1 compression ratio while the US Integra Type R has 10.6: 1 compression. There were many differences between the Type R engine and the DOHC VTEC engine available in other Integra models (GS-R), but the increased strength was mainly due to the higher compression, larger throttle body, high mountain cams and a high-volume exhaust manifold.
The Acura Integra Type R is the first with a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission. First gear and final drive were identical to the GS-R transmission gears but 2-5 is much closer spaced. What is more, the Type R is equipped with a helical limited slip drive. In 1998, the JDM Type R will and other international markets received a revised final drive of 4.785 while the US Type R has only a 4.40 final drive.
American Acura Integra Type R
The American Acura Integra Type R was introduced as a 1997 model to the US market under the brand Acura with the only option of air conditioning. In the US, the car will only be in Championship White in 1997 and 1998. The Type R was not available for 1999, but in 2000 and continue until the end of DC2 production in 2001. Two colors available for 2000 and 2001: Phoenix yellow (’00 -’01) and Flamenco Black Pearl (’00) Nighthawk Black Pearl (’01).
The 1997 Integra Type R made 25HP more than the Integra GS-R and was 93 pounds lighter. At present, the Integra Type R set the record for most power per liter (108HP per liter) of a naturally aspirated piston engine ever made for the US. This record will later break by the Honda S2000 made 120HP per liter. Production will be limited to 320 units in 1997 and 1000 units in 1998. 1350 units were built for the US A total of 3823 Acura Integra Type R in 2000 and 1158 in 2001 produced.