Honda Integra DC2 Type R
- Mileage: 47,670
- Year: 1997
- MOT Expiry: June 2019
- Exterior Colour: Championship White
- Interior Colour: Dark Velour Recaro
- Top speed: 145
- 0-60mph: 6.2
- BHP: 197
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1797cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
In 1995 Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese domestic market (JDM). The Type R came standard with a 197hp factory-tuned variant of the B18C engine. The car was equipped with a close ratio 5-speed manual transmission and a Helical LSD.
Performance was vastly improved over the standard Integra via a strengthened chassis with extra spot welds, thicker metal around the rear shock towers, a lower subframe, weight reduction (through reduced sound insulation, a 10% thinner windscreen, and lighter wheels), suspension upgrades, and more power. The hand built engine featured hand-polished and ported intake ports, high compression pistons, undercut valves and revised intake and exhaust systems. The result was a very capable sports coupé that was acclaimed by motoring journalists worldwide.
Honda apparently lost money on every 1995–2001 DC2 Type R sold. The details of production, which included hand tooling in early versions and finishing the car through the use of various small fabrication shops in Japan, made for increased manufacturing costs that could not be made up in the list price of the vehicles.
In 2007 Evo Magazine had this to say about the DC2 Type R; “A simple premise, brilliantly executed, makes the ITR arguably the best front-wheel-drive car ever.”
JDM specification, Air conditioning, Recaro SRD front seats, Body coloured lightweight aluminium alloy wheels, Aerodynamically balanced chin spoiler and wing-type rear spoiler, Body coloured side sills, Type R decals, Rear wiper delete, Front and rear mud flaps, Leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Carbon-fibre effect trim, Electric windows, Digital clock, PAS, Integra Type R carpet mats.
The Type R looks great in Championship White and the matching alloy wheels really add a sense of occasion. The paintwork presents well with a uniform colour throughout and a bright finish to every panel. There are almost no stone chips at the front end to report and the headlamps are pleasingly clear free from any discolouration or moisture. A little touch-up has been applied to the offside front corner but, aside from one or two other minor blemishes, the car remains a very clean example.
The supportive Recaros have worn particularly well and present with only light signs of use to the deep driver’s bolster. The seats are upholstered in dark velour with textured cloth centres and contrasting red stitching; this theme extends to the rear seats, which also appear in fine condition. Glancing across the cabin everything looks in excellent fettle; there is no wear to either the dash or switchgear, and the period Momo steering wheel is still looking fresh. Genuine Type R front and rear mats complete the look.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The Integra’s low mileage of 47k is fully verified by a great service record. There are eight Japanese entries in the original maintenance booklet, plus a fresh service and all-important timing belt change have just been carried out at the current mileage. On test the Type R performs extremely well and certainly lives up to all the hype. Paired with a close ratio 5-speed ‘box, the naturally aspirated 1.8 VTEC powerplant is a real treat for any petrol head.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory 15-inch alloys look great in their original coat of white, presenting with relatively few marks for the age. They are shod in a brand new set of Toyo Proxes tyres with absolutely no wear to speak of. Despite showing signs of little recent use the brakes still do a great job of stopping the car quickly and in a straight line.
The Integra was first registered in February 1997. The car was supplied new in Japan and has only recently been imported into the UK by 4 Star, with all taxes paid on arrival. It is now fully UK-registered with an MOT until June 2019. The service history shows entries at the following mileages: 10k, 18k, 32k, 39k, 44k, 45k, 46k, 46k, and most recently at 47k miles in August 2018. The timing belt has also just been replaced for the new keeper’s peace of mind. The original maintenance booklet and owner’s manual accompany the car.
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