Honda Integra DC5

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The Ultimate Front Wheel Drive VTEC Japanese Performance Car ?

The Honda Integra Type R is regarded as one of, if not the, best front wheel drive car ever produced, referring in most cases to the earlier DC2 Integra from 1997 onwards. The Honda Type R cars are renowned for good power output from small engines and engines that have higher than normal rev limits with good handling. The Integra Type R DC5 Model from 2001 onwards is one of the great modern performance cars only available as an import into the country from Japan.

Integra History

The Honda Integra has been in production and sold by Honda since 1985 with a 3 and 5 door hatchback, with a 1.6 litre engine and either 4 or 5 speed gearboxes. The Integra was very similar to the MR2 in that it had a clear wedge shape, it was not wholly unattractive but it didnt set the heart racing either.

The Integra went through two generations from 1985 – 1989, then 1990 – 1993 and the third generation that introduced the DC2 began production in 1994 right through to 2001, although the Type R did not make its appearance until 1997. The Integra Type R DC2 can be found in 3 model changes, the round light models, and the later rectangular headlight setup was used.

The Type R brand can be found through Hondas other car ranges, such as Civics, Accords and NSX however the Integra Type R is the most popular or well known certainly until the latest Civic Type Rs were produced.

Between 1997 and 2001 the Integra Type R DC2 was imported in limited official numbers to the UK, although the majority, like the Nissan Skylines are grey imports.

The Integra DC2 impressed enthusiasts and journalists with its lightweight manouverability, its impressive power from the 1796cc engine (187bhp). and technology that had helped Honda compete in motorsport for many years. The 187bhp was an impressive figure, with an engine that could rev all the way to above 8500 rpm and not a single turbocharger in sight. The four cylinder VTEC engine at low revs was calm and quite happy tootling around and reasonably economical, and at the will of the driver could turn into a powerful quick 8500rpm performance car capable of 145mph.

The DC2 despite its power has fairly low torque at only 178Nm, although this is not disappointing for a normally aspirated engine of that size. The 187 bhp was more than the Alfa Romeo GTV, BMW 323i, Fiat Coupe 20V and the Toyota Celica GT all in the same competitive sport production class at the same time.

The New Integra DC5

In 2001 the last numbers of the DC2 ran off of the production line, only to be replaced by a new Integra, the DC5. At the same time as the new Integra DC5 was running off of the production line in Japan, the Civic Type R was being sold here in the UK and Honda decided that it would not be selling the Integra DC5 in the UK although the Integra is available in the USA under the Acura RSX brand.

There are of course standard models of the DC5, including a sport Type S version but the only one that has the levels of performance worth talking about is the DC5 Type R. The now 2 Litre i-VTEC engine produces 220bhp (compared to the 1.8 litre 187bhp of the DC2 Type R) controlled by a six speed gearbox taking it to a top speed of approximately 146mph and 0-60 in about 6.8 seconds.

The interior had an overhaul in the DC5 with the dashboard made from weight saving materials, and the overall interior a much much nicer place to be. The DC5 is actually heavier than the previous DC2 model, so Honda worked hard to remove as much weight as possible without being detrimental to the stability and strength of the car.

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There are several variations of the DC5 Type R from its release in 2001, each model after 2 years has undergone small aesthetic changes, the most noticeable change is the front and rear light clusters have changed in both the 2003, and 2005 models as an improvement whilst retaining the reliable Honda 220bhp heart that is the Type R engine.

The styling of the DC5 is very attractive, available in the white and red synonymous with Honda, or alternatively Black, Blue, Silver or Champagne all of which look stunning with different types and styles of standard and aftermarket wheel. There are also a large number of aftermarket body kits and parts to make your Type R as individual as you are.

The 2007 fourth generation DC5 is available in Japan, but is no longer available through official sales in Japan or Australia.

Production numbers of the DC5 are currently unavailable (production from 2001 – present day).

DC5 Performance Statistics

The DC5 is one of the quickest cars that Honda produces. View the full DC5 performance statistics

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