The Integra Type R features an advanced 1.8-liter, 195-horsepower, dual overhead
cam, 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine equipped with the Variable Valve Timing and
Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system pioneered in the Acura NSX.
Its additional horsepower, which is 25 more than the 170-horsepower Acura Integra
GS-R, is the result of key technological achievements such as:
The engine also features Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), a highly rigid crankshaft
with eight full balance weights, a crankshaft reinforcing bridge, an oil cooling system
and oil jet piston cooling, twin-spring intake and exhaust valves, a highly rigid
integrated aluminum die-cast engine stiffener, and a number of other technologies to
increase performance while maintaining reliability and durability, along with smooth operation.
To get the most out of the engine's added horsepower, the Type R also features a close-ratio,
5-speed manual transmission and a new limited slip differential. The development emphasis was
placed on dramatically increasing performance at high rpm. This emphasis resulted in an engine
with a significantly different character than the Integra GS-R, further reinforcing the Type R's
image of a limited production, ultra-high performance sports coupe.
Putting out 195 horsepower at 8000 rpm, and 130 lbs-ft of torque at 7300 rpm, the Type R engine was
the most powerful normally aspirated mass-produced automobile engine per liter ever produced (108
horsepower per liter) for the United States from 1997 to 1998. And its relatively long stroke and
high redline give it the highest piston speed of any automobile engine in the world, even faster
than the legendary World Championship Honda Formula One and IndyCar engines.
Key performance features of the Integra Type R include:
195-horsepower 1.8-liter dual overhead cam 16-valve VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine that provides
more horsepower per liter than any normally aspirated mass-produced engine in the U.S.
Hand-polished intake and exhaust ports and single-port intake manifold
An exhaust system with a larger diameter to allow larger volume flow
Special serial number plate affixed to the center console
Carbon fiber-like instrumentation design with amber illumination
"Type R" graphics
In the true spirit of racing, a select number of comfort and convenience features on the Integra
Type R have been eliminated in an effort to minimize the vehicle's overallweight. These include
items such as a sunroof, vanity mirrors, cruise control, rear window wiper/washer. Air conditioning
becomes optional equipment. Other items that haTie been eliminated for weight considerations include
dashboard insulator, transmission mount , drive shaft and shifter dynamic damper, and meltsheet for
the floor stamping.
Key safety features of the Type R include:
Standard driver's and front passenger's Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags on all
VARIABLE VALVE TIMING AND LIFT ELECTRONIC CONTROL (VTEC) SYSTEM
The VTEC system, first pioneered in the Acura NSX, works similar performance magic in the Integra
Type R. As the performance of the NSX has already amply demonstrated, VTEC is an innovative solution
to an age-old automotive engineering problem. It elegantly solves the trade-off between tuning an
engine for either high-end horsepower or low-end torque. With VTEC, Acura engineers no longer have
to compromise between the two. VTEC-equipped engines can have the best of both.
The VTEC system uses three cam lobes and three corresponding rocker arms for each pair of valves.
The VTEC system operates on both the intake and exhaust valves. The two outer cam lobes have a
profile that optimizes low-speed torque and response. The middle lobe has a high-lift,
longer-duration profile that is designed to optimize high-end horsepower.
The changeover point between low lift and high lift in the Type R is 5700 rpm (compared to 4400
rpm on the GS-R), for excellent midrange torque. This makes the Type R engine responsive under
all operating conditions, and especially when going from part-throttle, steady-state cruising
to full throttle.
PISTONS AND CONNECTING RODS
Exclusive pistons and connecting rods have been developed for the Type R. The high-pressure
die cast piston crown has been reshaped to increase the compression ratio to 10.6:1 and
valve pockets deepened to accommodate the increased valve lift and duration of the Type R.
The piston skirt is coated with molybdenum to minimize friction and allow it to withstand
high-rpm operation, while specially designed oil paths have been machined into the underside
of the piston to provide additional lubrication to the piston pin.
Extreme care was taken in the forging and machining of the connecting rods to ensure each
engine of a precisely matched set of connecting rods. Like in the GS-R, the rods are constructed
of special high-strength steel for a rigid yet lightweight component. Extremely accurate machining
of the Type R connecting rod minimizes variation between parts. Connecting rod bolt elongation has
been strictly controlled for uniform fastening force. This is achieved through manually assembling
each and every connecting rod for the Type R, and the result is a significant reduction of fastening
The combination of lightweight pistons and connecting rods helps to reduce reciprocating inertia
and enhance throttle response significantly.
High-pressure die cast piston crown has been reshaped to increase compression ratio from
10.0:1 up to 10.6:1
Valve pockets deepend to accommodate the increased valve lift and duration
Piston skirts were made ligher in order to lessen the inertial mass
Piston skirts coated with molybdenum to minimize friction and allow it to withstand high-rpm
operation (also used in the NSX)
Injectors installed on the underside of the pistons allow for improved cooling, and prvent
the pistons form getting "burned-in"
Combination of lightweight pistons and connecting rods help reduce reciprocating inertia
and enhance trottle respnse significantly
Connecting Rod Summary:
Connecting rod bolt elongation has been strictly controlled for uniform fastening force
Manually assembled for the Type R to reduce fastening force variance
The specially designed rods have the letter "R" molded onto them
Rods are constructed of special high-strength steel to withstand higher rpm's and are still
lighter than GS-R connecting rods
ENGINE BLOCK AND CRANKSHAFT
The Type R utilizes a pressure die cast aluminum alloy block with cast-iron cylinder
liners for light weight and maximum rigidity. Its highly rigid crankshaft is made of
forged, high-strength steel with eight full balance weights to reduce vibration at
high rpm by 20 percent. The journals of the crankshaft also feature a special micro-polished
surface finish for reduced friction and increased durability.
8-Weight, Fully-Balanced Crankshaft:
Balancing weights were added to number 1 and 4 wich reduces vibration at high rpm by 20 percent
The journals of the crankshaft also feature a special micro-polished surface finish for
reduced friction and increased durabilty
Attachment point of the connecting rods to the crankshaft uses a new, adjustable connector
that allows the mechanics to manually adjust the connection using a micrometer so they can
compensate for the stretching of the connecting rod bolt
Intake lift was increased from 10.6mm to 11.5mm
Exhaust lift was increased from 9.4mm to 10.5mm
Intake opening timing was increased from 10 to 15 degrees before piston apex
Closing timing was increased from 40 to 45 degrees after the piston reaching base
Exhaust opening timing was increased from 40 to 45 degrees before the piston reaching base
Closing timing was increased from 7 to 10 degrees after piston apex
These timing alterations allow the valves to remain open longer and cause more air to enter
the combustion chamber
CYLINDER HEAD, VALVES, SPRINGS, AND CAMSHAFTS
Cylinder head design for the Type R is a double overhead camshaft, four-valves-per-cylinder
configuration which incorporates the exclusive VTEC system. The Type R engine utilizes the
latest combustion technology to provide a combination of fuel efficiency and power. Because
of the low surface-to-volume area of the chamber, minimal surface area is exposed to the heat
of combustion and more heat is retained in the expanding gases, resulting in increased thermal
efficiency. And the generous "squish" area around the combustion chamber yields increased gas
turbulence, faster flame propagation, and even better efficiency.
Extensive modifications of the cylinder head were undertaken improve performance. This also
involves hand-polishing of the intake and exhaust ports near the valve seat area. In addition
to hand polishing the ports to improve flow, special lightweight intake valves are also fitted.
These valves feature a thinner shaft to reduce weight and increase flow. The head of the valve
is also lightened to further reduce valvetrain weight. These modifications net a 12 percent
weight reduction of the intake valves, allowing the engine to rev higher. These lighter intake
valves help extend the rpm range of the Type R engine by an additional 200 rpm.
Special high-performance dual intake valve springs with an oval-shaped cross section are utilized
to allow the use of high-performance camshafts for increased flow at high rpm. The unique oval
shape allows a stronger valve spring to be fitted in the same area as a conventional spring.
Conventional dual high-performance valve springs are used on the exhaust valves. Camshafts fitted
to the Integra Type R are longer duration with higher lift to help increase engine breathing and
top-end horsepower. At high engine speeds, valve lift on the intake side is increased by 0.9 mm,
and on the exhaust side by 1.1 mm, compared to the GS-R. The valve timing is extended an additional
10 degrees on the intake side and 8 degrees on the exhaust side.
Exclusive lightweight valves:
12 percent weight reduction
Valve shaft width was decreased from 5.5mm to 4.6mm
The angle of the valve seat opening was tightened from 60 to 45 degrees
Valve heads are lightened to reduce valvetrain weight
Weight recduction allows engine to rev 200 rpm's higher
Camshafts are longer duration with higher lift:
Increase engine breathing and top-end horsepower
During high engine speeds, valve lift on the intake side is increased by 0.9 mm, and on the
exhaust side by 1.1 mm, compared to the GS- R
Valve timing is extended an additional 10 degrees on the intake side and 8 degrees on the
Hand-polished Intake and Exhaust Ports:
Intake and Exhaust Ports are hand-polished near the valve seat area to improve air flow
Originally only two of the best mechanics at Honda port and polished the manifolds by hand.
At this time only 25 engines a day could be created. During the last several production years
5 mechanics have been working full time on port and polishing in order to increase production.
Special high-performance dual intake valve springs:
Oval-shaped cross section to allow the use of high-performance camshafts for increased flow
at high rpm
Non-cylindrical, "flat" springs in order to keep the spring height near-stock, and still
increase rebounding power
THROTTLE BODY & INTAKE MANIFOLD
In the interests of high rpm, high output and weight reduction, the Type R utilizes a
large-diameter throttle body and exclusive single-port intake manifold. The throttle bore
has been increased by 2 mm to 62 mm to allow for increased intake flow.
The cast aluminum intake manifold features a large-diameter, single intake runner for each
cylinder with a short, direct path to the cylinder head for maximum high-rpm efficiency. The
single-port design also results in a 3.2 kg weight savings. Also, the fuel injectors point
almost directly toward the center of the intake valves, helping to reduce fuel condensation
on the intake port walls and improving driveability and engine response. To ensure a large
amount of cool, fresh intake air, the air inlet has been molded from the engine compartment
to an area behind the left-front fender.
To substantially increase flow, the intake runners have increased 7 mm in diameter from 35 mm
to 42 mm.
Exclusive Single-Port Intake Manifold:
Cast aluminum featuring a large-diameter
Single intake runner for each cylinder with a short, direct path to the cylinder head for
maximum high-rpm efficiency
Single-ported design also results in a 3.2 kg weight savings
Fuel injectors point almost directly toward the center of the intake valves, helping to reduce
fuel condensation on the intake port walls and improving driveability and engine response
Large-diameter throttle body:
Throttle bore has been increased by 2mm to 62 mm to allow for increased intake flow
OIL JET PISTON COOLING
To help ensure long-term durability and reliability, the Type R engine uses an oil jet cooling
system. A jet of pressurized engine oil is directed to the underside of the piston to help
dissipate the extreme heat generated during sustained high rpm operation. This technology has
proven itself in Formula One and other top-level racing engines.
ENGINE OIL COOLER
To maintain optimum engine oil temperature, the Type R features an aluminum oil cooler for
maximum heat dissipation and thermal efficiency. The aluminum cooler is mounted on the engine block.
SURFACE-ORIENTED CRYSTAL BEARING MATERIAL
The use of a surface-oriented crystal bearing material was pioneered in Formula One racing and has
been adapted for use in the Type R engine. Unlike the surface of conventional bearing material,
the crystal bearing surface has molecules oriented into a pyramid shape. This surface traps a layer
of oil and holds it far better than conventional bearing surfaces, reducing friction and enhancing
A major contributor to the Type R's ability to generate 195 horsepower from only 1.8 liters
displacement is its highly efficient exhaust system. The exhaust flow rate has been increased
by 30 percent over the Integra GS-R model thanks to a number of improvements. Starting with a
large-diameter Tri-Y header system, the individual head pipes gently converge into a tapered
collector to provide smooth flow with minimum obstruction. The stainless steel header connects
to an exhaust system with significantly increased pipe diameters, the addition of a third exhaust
chamber, and a performance-oriented muffler with a large NSX-style exhaust tip.
5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
The main design goals of the Type R close-ratio transmission were to take full advantage of the
additional high-rpm power and provide smooth, seamless shifting.
The close-ratio transmission used in the Type R model features different ratios, bearing design,
and clutch than the GS-R . The differences were necessary to handle the higher output of the Type
R engine and to deliver smooth, progressive acceleration.
Like other Integra models, the Type R features a short-stroke shift linkage of exceptional rigidity.
The system approaches the quality feel and short stroke of the Acura NSX shift linkage system.
For improved throttle response, the Type R utilizes a special lightweight flywheel coupled with a
heavy-duty, hydraulically actuated clutch.
The Type R also employs a uniquely integrated aluminum die-cast engine stiffener for improved
engine-to-transmission fastening rigidity to cope with additional engine output and high rpm.
Vibration is reduced 22% compared to the traditional separate fore and aft fastening systems.
The Type R, like all Integra models, features equal-length halfshafts, which virtually eliminate
GS-R flywheel: 18 pounds
Type R flywheel: 14 pounds
HELICAL LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
Working in combination with a suspension setting designed to further improve front-wheel grip,
the Type R adopts a torque-sensitive helical type limited slip differential for both improved
traction and reduced understeer in high-cornering load situations. The helical gear generates
repelling force in proportion to driving torque. This repelling force, in turn, pushes the pinion
gear toward the differential gear casing, thus limiting the differential effect. Compared to viscous
coupling-type limited slip differentials, helical limited slip differentials offer a more responsive,
proactive torque transfer. This allows improved traction not only when exiting tight corners, but
also when on slippery or uneven (undulated) road surfaces
The Type R continues the enviable Integra tradition of providing a fully independent, 4-wheel
double-wishbone suspension for sporty handling. The Type R was developed with all-out performance
in mind when it comes to cornering, braking and overall handling, and underwent some of the most
rigorous racetrack testing ever conducted for a production automobile. The engineering team
designed the Type R suspension to deliver highly responsive handling characteristics and provide
the driver with high-quality feedback, excellent traction, high cornering limits, reduced body roll,
and minimal understeer.
This was made possible in the Type R by:
Reducing the ride height of the vehicle by 15 mm to lower the center of gravity
Spring/shock combinations that offer a firm ride and precise handling
The components of the front suspension are an L-shaped lower control arm, an upper control arm,
a coil-over shock absorber, a stabilizer bar and a performance rod. The engineering team also
specified the use of a new aluminum shock tower bar to complement the 24 mm stabilizer bar that
is equipped with ball joints instead of rubber bushings. The lightweight aluminum tower bar ties
together the tops of the front damper housings. The performance rod is designed to act as an A-arm
cross brace to enhance handling and precision and stiffen the front lower subframe. The tower bar
and performance rod are designed to enhance rigidity and contribute to suspension precision.
The front suspension uses coil over, gas-pressurized damper assemblies fitted with the Honda
Progressive Valve (HPV) unit for progressive damping action. The spring and damping rates have
been greatly increased to improve performance handling. Front spring rate has been increased by
22 percent, with a 115 percent increase in compression damping, and a 70 percent increase in
rebound damping. Additionally, the damper mounting bushing stiffness has been increased five-fold.
In order to enhance stability while braking in a straight line or cornering, the L-shaped lower
control arm has been equipped with specially tuned compliance bushings. These bushings allow the
lower control arm to impart a toe-out condition on the front wheels. Allowing the wheels to toe out
while braking in a corner enhances stability and allows the vehicle to track more precisely. The
engineering team has tailored the suspension to take the full benefit of negative scrub geometry,
especially when braking on a split-friction surface. Under this condition, the suspension tends to
maintain greater directional stability by countering the forces that would normally tend to steer
the vehicle in the direction of the side with the lower traction coefficient. By balancing these
forces, the Type R tends to brake with maximum stability.
The rear double-wishbone suspension components consist of upper and lower control arms, a trailing
arm, a coil-over shock absorber and a stabilizer bar. The spring on the Type R has been changed
from a straight-rate to a progressive-rate spring, increasing force across the entire range.
Damping rates for the rear suspension have also been increased with compression damping settings
in the progressive-valve unit increasing by 66 percent, and rebound damping going up 31 percent.
The diameter of the stabilizer bar has been greatly increased from 13 mm to 22 mm to help reduce
body roll. To enhance rear wheel stability, the bearing span within the rear-wheel hub has also been
increased by 10 mm.
HIGH-RIGIDITY BRAKE CALIPERS, LARGER DISC ROTARS, AND ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS)
Like all Integra models, the Type R features 4-wheel disc brakes with ventilated rotors at the front
and solid rotors at the rear. For maximum rigidity of the braking system and to provide a short
pedal stroke, the front brake calipers are large, stout units that have a higher resistance to
flexing and "spread" under severe braking conditions.
The Type R, with its larger brake discs (front: 262 mm >>> 282 mm; rear: 239 mm >>>
260 mm) and larger calipers, also uses a refined ABS system, which is 12.3 lbs lighter than the
GS-R. This lightweight system functions with minimal pedal kickback during ABS operation in hard
TORQUE-SENSING ROTARY VALVE STEERING GEAR
The Type R, like all Integras, features an innovative, power-assisted steering gear design that
is lighter and more compact than conventional power steering systems. Instead of modulating power
assistance to the steering rack in accordance with road speed, this system varies power assist by
a combination of engine rpm and the amount of torque generated between the pavement and the tire.
The advantage of this system is that it exercises more precise control over the amount of power
assist provided. It also provides more linear steering with regard to lateral loads encountered
WHEELS AND TIRES
The Type R is equipped with exclusive Bridgestone Potenza RE010 performance tires, similar to
those found on the NSX, for greater cornering force, better response, and excellent road feel.
These tires have been specifically developed to work in concert with the Type R's suspension
calibrations, to provide excellent traction, stability, controllability and predictable handling
The Type R's exclusive white, aluminum wheels have a 5 mm greater offset than the GS-R. The 15xGJJ
alloy wheels also feature a larger, five-bolt lug pattern for increased rigidity.
The goals for the Type R structure were to provide a strong, rigid platform to ensure a long,
durable service life, create a stable base for the suspension, and to provide carefully designed
front and rear crumple zones to minimize cabin intrusion in a collision. The ultimate focus for
the Type R was to minimize weight while enhancing the rigidity of the body structure with vigorous
racetrack testing for dramatic improvements in vehicle dynamics.
Key improvements include:
Improved body rigidity by adding performance rods in the front and rear, and body reinforcements
in several key areas
Aerodynamic enhancements, such as a new chin spoiler and wing-type rear spoiler, and lower
overall vehicle height
Overall reduction in vehicle weight
A large percentage of the vehicle mass is near the center of the vehicle for enhanced transient
response and handling. The Type R also has a large greenhouse for maximum visibility, as well as
a large cabin that is roomy yet intimate with an enhanced feeling of a sports-oriented coupe.
The aerodynamic goal for the Integra was to achieve greatly improved high-speed driving performance.
The primary focus was to balance the forces that would allow for improved front and rear downforce,
low turbulence, minimal wind roar in crucial areas such as the windows, excellent follow-through
ventilation, and to provide optimum resistance to crosswinds while maintaining a low drag coefficient.
This was achieved through extensive wind-tunnel testing with scale models, mockups and prototype
vehicle bodies. It also involved extensive racetrack testing, and the use of a Cray supercomputer.
One important detail of the aerodynamic package is the one-piece, integral bumper assembly. This
unit not only gives the Integra a clean, modern appearance, but its flowing, one-piece construction
eliminates gaps between the bumper and the body that tend to produce turbulence and disrupt laminar
airflow over the hood.
To achieve maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the Type R also includes a new chin spoiler and a new
wing-type rear spoiler, and the vehicle is 15 mm lower in overall height than the Integra GS-R.
These contribute to a 30 percent reduction in the coefficient of lift over the Integra GS-R, and
a 1 percent improvement in its drag coefficient.
Rigidity clearly has an impact on a number of critical areas. Any suspension, for instance, no
matter how finely calibrated or advanced in design, will be unable to perform properly if the body
flexes and bends under loading. Rigidity also contributes significantly to crash protection, and to
the build quality perceived in areas like the small gaps between panels and openings.
Developed using the latest computer modeling and Finite Element Analysis techniques, the rigidity of
the Type R has been greatly improved in several areas. A new, larger aluminum front tower bar
replaces the steel bar on the GS-R, and the addition of performance rods to the rear frame end and
rear suspension lower arm add additional strength. Key components that have been reinforced include
the rear wheel housing, rear pillar upper garter, rear roof rail upper, rear wheel arch extension,
rear lower arm bracket, and rear damper gusset.
1. Aluminum Strut Tower Bar
2. Performance Rod Added to Rear Cross Members
3. Rear Performance Rod
4. Thicker Rear Lower Arm Bracket
5. Thicker Rear Wheel Arch Extension
6. Thicker Rear Damper Gusset
7. Thicker Rear Roof Rail Upper
8. Thicker Rear Pillar Upper Girder
9. Increased Rear Wheelhouse Thickness
To enhance corrosion protection, virtually every panel of the Type R is constructed of double-sided
galvanized steel. The only significant panel that does not use galvanized steel is the roof. After
assembly, the body in white is treated to an electro-deposition process that bonds a rust-inhibiting
primer coating to the metal. Electro-deposition draws this coating into minute crevices, helping to
ensure a barrier against rust-producing moisture. A moisture-resistant wax is also injected into hidden
body cavities, to help prevent corrosion that might otherwise form from condensation.
The use of a one-piece integral front bumper accomplishes a number of objectives. In addition to
providing a clean, modern and aerodynamic appearance, it reduces the number of components and the
weight of the front fascia, enhances the anti-corrosion performance of the entire front end, resists
minor dents and flying debris better and, in case of a minor collision, helps reduce damage that might
otherwise be transmitted to the front fenders.
The choice of polypropylene for front and rear bumper material was made based on its properties of
resilience to minor damage and because of the material's inherent recyclability. Due to the unique
formulation of pigments and medium, the painted bumper resists the fading that was commonly associated
with synthetic plastic bumpers. The front and rear bumpers of the Integra resist damage up to a 5-mph
One of the design priorities of the body was to provide the driver with as much visibility as possible.
As a result of extensive engineering, which was able to create thin but strong pillars, and a compact
engine, which contributes to a low cowl, the Type R offers 298.9 degrees of visibility.
PROJECTOR BEAM HEADLIGHTS
For enhanced illumination and a modern look, the engineers specified projector beam lamps for low-beam
use. Compared to conventional units, these lamps reach 13 feet farther and illuminate an area 20%
greater than those of the previous-generation Integra. The high beams, which use improved halogen lamp
technology, reach 125 feet farther and illuminate an area 2.5 times greater.
PIN-GUIDE DOOR SASH
The Type R uses a pin-guide sash system for the door glass, like all Integra Coupes. A pin, which is
bonded to the rear inside edge of the door glass, slides in a channel designed into the window sash.
The pin holds the window captive against the sash and forms a tight seal to enhance the rigidity of
the glass and resist the negative air pressure that builds up at the side of the vehicle at high road
speeds. The system also allows tighter tolerances between the glass and the molding, and contributes
to better aerodynamics and reduced levels of wind noise.
As mentioned earlier, the Integra provides a high degree of structural rigidity to enhance crash
protection. At the front and rear, the Integra has been designed with deformable crumple zones.
These are designed to deform in a controlled manner, absorb the impact energy and help prevent
deformation of the passenger compartment.
DUAL AIR BAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS)
A driver and front passenger air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is standard equipment.
The driver's air bag is located in the steering wheel hub, while the passenger's air bag is
located on top of the dash. Both air bags are triggered simultaneously by means of three impact
sensors located in the passenger compartment. To ensure maximum reliability, the sensors use
gold-plated electrical connectors. As in all Acura automobiles, the front passenger air bag is
designed to deploy upward along the windshield and then back toward the occupant. This provides
a large cushion to help protect the front passenger.
To help minimize injury to the occupant in a side-impact collision, the Integra features door
intrusion beams as well as energy-absorbing pads in the doors.
For additional protection, there are polypropylene pads located at hip level on both front doors.
These pads substantially reduce the energy transmitted to occupants in the event of an accident.
THREE-POINT SEAT BELTS
The dual front air bags are designed to work in conjunction with the 3-point seat belts. For easy
access, the front buckles are attached to the driver's and front passenger's seats.
EXCLUSIVE BODY COLOR
All Integra Type R's Imported to the US for 1997 - 1998 were offered only in Championship White.
This color was developed exclusively for Honda's Formula One race cars in the early 1960s and is
applied on the Type R to commemorate the company's first-ever Formula One victory- Richie Ginther's
first-place finish in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix.
After a one year hiatus in 1999 the Type R's were imported again for the 2000 and 2001 model year.
The two exclusive body colors for these years included Phenix Yellow and Flamenco Pearl Black.
Champion White was no longer available for the last two years of production.
Since its original introduction, the Integra has always been a driver's car. Every element of the
vehicle, from the engine to the design and location of major and minor function controls, has been
tailored specifically to make the driving experience safe, efficient and enjoyable. The interior
architecture, seats and controls, and the spatial relationship between the driver and the controls
of the Integra, have all been tailored to keep driver and passengers comfortable, relaxed and keenly
aware of the environment around the vehicle.
The cabin space has been designed to divide the cabin longitudinally, providing the driver and
front-seat passenger with a discrete space separated by the center console. The interior space has
been created like that of a sports car. It's simple, attractive, ergonomically designed and provides
ease of operation. The dash sweeps around the driver and front passenger and the cabin provides
exceptional space for comfort.
The Integra Type R features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leatherwrapped shifter knob as
standard equipment for increased comfort and feel.
The front seats feature fore/aft and rake adjustment, in addition to a driver's seat lumbar adjustment
for proper back support. The deeply bolstered seat has three different densities of foam in its
construction to provide proper anatomical support for the driver's comfort, even after many hours
behind the wheel. The Type R's exclusive upholstery scheme offers a racing-oriented feel and high
traction with the center portion working to hold the driver in place while providing excellent
The rear seats are designed to keep the occupants at a comfortable position with regard to back rake
and angle of the bottom cushion. The rear seat is equipped with two 3-point seat belts.
In order to enhance readability and allow the driver to absorb vital information quickly, the
Type R features a combination meter with analog instrumentation on an exclusive carbon fiber-like
texture with amber illumination. The large, white-on-black instruments are recessed in a binnacle
that helps block out glare.
The instrument panel includes a speedometer, tachometer and gauges for fuel and engine temperature.
Indicator lights are also provided for oil pressure, battery-charging condition, high beams, brake
status, SRS diagnostic check, door-ajar indicator, seat belt indicator, check engine, ABS status
check and low-fuel indicator. The panel also features a maintenance reminder, which tells the driver
when scheduled maintenance is due.
Optional equipment on the 1997-1998, and standard on the 2000-2001 model year, the Type R air
condition system is compact and efficient. This system is equipped with a lightweight aluminum
condenser core which also helps enhance corrosion resistance, and the system is charged with the
environmentally friendly, non-CFC refrigerant R134a.
All 1997 Integras features a new AM/FM stereo/CD sound system with six speakers designed to
provide a high level of fidelity and acoustic clarity. They feature a pair of 1.3-inch tweeters
and 6-inch coaxial front speakers mounted in the front doors, and a pair of 6-inch rear speakers.
In an effort to address environmental concerns, all Integras feature a number of components that
are recycled or can be recycled at the end of the vehicle's service life. The bumpers, for instance,
are made of recyclable material and can be recycled if damaged. All the plastic components that can
be recycled are labeled as such and can be reconstituted into usable products when the vehicle is