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Honda Integra

Honda Integra

Type R Car Review

Author: NRMA Motoring Date: 1 December 2001

One of the latest new models to be released by Japanese car manufacturer Honda is the all-new fourth generation Integra range for 2002. With sporty, rakish styling and good performance, the Integra has been a popular car in Australia since the first model was released in 1986.

The Type R variant replaced the VTi-R model and has been the range topper for Honda since making its debut in 1999. Appealing to the true driving enthusiast, the Type R offered an appreciably more potent engine, upgraded brakes and sports suspension that delivered sharp handling.

The 2002 Integra range consists of just two models. The entry level variant is simply known as Integra and is available with a choice of five speed manual gearbox for $37,950 or with a five speed automatic transmission for $39,950. The Integra is powered by a new larger capacity 2.0 litre i-VTEC all aluminium engine that produces 118 kW of power at 6500 rpm and 191 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.

In line with the previous model Integra, the sporty Integra Type R completes the new Integra range.

The Type R is fitted with a six speed manual transmission (there is no automatic option) and is priced from $43,990, or with the addition of air-conditioning, $45,990. None of the prices quoted above include dealer charges or on road costs. The engine fitted to the Type R is the same capacity as the entry Integra; however, the compression ratio has been increased from 9.8:1 to 11.0:1.

The Type R engine requires the use of premium unleaded petrol to deliver a lofty 147 kW of power at 7400 rpm and a useful 192 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm.

While the Type R is an enthusiast’s sports car, Honda has retained quite a good level of standard features and passenger comforts. Some of the standard features fitted to the Type R include power steering, 16 inch alloy wheels (space saver spare), front and rear spoilers, remote central locking, engine immobiliser, power windows, four speaker CD tuner, Recaro sports front seats, Momo steering wheel, aluminium pedals and gearshift knob and tilt adjustable steering.

The 2002 Integra is characterised by a completely new body structure that gives the Integra distinct new styling, in addition to offering improved levels of safety for occupants. The body is significantly stronger than the previous Integra and features a more rigid passenger compartment. Front and rear crumple zones are incorporated into the new body structure.

To further improve passenger safety, Honda has equipped the Type R with dual front airbags, ABS brakes and front seatbelt pretensioners as standard fitment. Inside the new Integra the look is both purposeful and bold.

The race-style Recaro bucket seats dominate the interior of the Type R with their high side bolsters and bright coloured trim. The Recaro seats provide excellent lateral support for spirited driving, although larger occupants may find them uncomfortably tight for extended periods. Head and leg room for front seat passengers is quite good.

The rear seat, on the other hand, is not really suitable for adults as both the leg and head room are too restrictive.

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The new instrument cluster is modern looking and very functional. All the instruments are clearly legible and the controls are positioned in order to make them easy to operate. For such a compact design of vehicle, the rear boot space is quite accommodating and features a screen that is attached to the rear hatch to conceal any items you may be carrying.

Additional carry space is available courtesy of a 50/50 split folding rear seat.

The spring and damping rates of the Type R are definitely on the firm side. While this set-up provides very responsive and accurate handling for the enthusiast driver, those people who regularly commute on rough or broken surfaces may find the ride a little too harsh. Once again Honda has delivered a naturally aspirated engine that produces comparable power to many turbocharged engines of similar capacity.

The engine offers enough torque to be driven at relatively low revs with a minimum of fuss; however, once you explore the upper rev limits you realise the engine delivers an exceptional level of performance. The close ratio six speed gearbox is a delight to use as it has a very short throw and a precise action. The ABS assisted four wheel disc brakes provide good stopping power and excellent resistance to fade.


The 2002 Integra Type R is still very much a sporting vehicle that will appeal to the driving enthusiast. A new 2.0 litre engine, close ratio six speed gearbox, Recaro seats, excellent handing and powerful brakes combine to deliver an exciting ride at the expense of some passenger comfort.

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