Honda Integra VTi-R – Autotrader New Zealand

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Honda Integra


In the of high-performance Japanese motorcycles the R and RR are worn by production machines primarily for competition use.

coding identifies Honda’s performance cars. The Integra R launched in New Zealand earlier year requires only safety equipment and a switch to tyres and brake pads to it into a highly effective or tarmac rally special performer.

With startling from a highly tuned VTEC powerplant and a very sorted chassis to harness it, the Type R represents a top value alternative both for road or use.

Sure there are powerful performance cars to accelerate harder and reach top speeds. But you’d need to a lot more money on a specialist like a Porsche GT3 to find car as sharply focused on competition. Not the Subaru Impreza STi or Mitsubishi Evolution leave the showroom as race-ready as this Honda.

For use the Integra Type R is a prime for production car racing, perhaps a campaign or some tarmac And it has an enviable record for humbling engined and more powerful in disciplines from endurance to Targa Tasmania.

With such a keen on competition use how does the Type R up for everyday road work?

it’s very much an car the answer is: with less of refinement, comfort and everyday than you might expect.

high-revving all-alloy VTEC is the heart of the Integra Type R and the DOHC 16-valve powerplant is described by Honda as largely assembled.

More precisely means factory blueprinted the low-friction pistons and high-strength con-rods selected to finer than mainstream production and some hand-polishing of the intake and ports.

Other specialised include a larger throttle and a lightweight large-bore exhaust An aluminium oil cooler helps the heat created in extreme

Another clue to the engine’s streak is the 11.1:1 compression

The end result is 1.8-litres which punch out 141kW at 7900rpm a touch better than per litre) with peak of 178Nm not arriving till

Yet despite the high state of the signatures of Honda DOHC performance – good at mid-range speeds and then a stage of power delivery switches on – is retained.

When the tachometer needle 5800rpm and the VTEC mechanism on its higher lift and longer valve timing the engine becomes hard-edged and the performance is to the 8400rpm redline. It’s as if the takes a deep breath and like a champion 1500 runner hitting the home

Slip your left across to the titanium gearknob and are five closely-matched ratios which to explore that and breadth of rev range. The shift is short and precise and has a satisfying

The short 4.785:1 final ratio means 100km/h 3400rpm in fifth gear; in fourth, and the engine is just the torque peak at 6300rpm in at the open road limit.

At six gears might be an advantage, not for outright performance but more it comes to relaxed open cruising where a taller top could save some and take a little of the busyness out of the experience.

The engine’s a gem but there’s more to this Honda’s bloodline than a crisply-tuned and a close-ratio gearbox.

The brakes are highly impressive and to stop only 1087kg the Type R an immediate edge heavier performance cars. to 282mm diameter by 21mm ventilated discs at the front and larger calipers as well, the R scrubs off speed with stability from a quick dab of the It will also make fade-free hard stops.

15mm lower than a Integra GSi and with uprated suspension the Type R rides and the car is well-balanced. Accomplished body keeps its attitude flat hard cornering.

Lifting the reveals a sturdy front reinforcement which you might a strut brace if the Integra have Honda’s double suspension design. There’s a beefy-looking rear suspension bar across the rear of the boot

At low speeds across uneven the car feels quite rigid but bump-thump responses are only by more severe level or big bumps and holes. Get it up to open speeds and the ride becomes comfortable.

Question marks harnessing nearly 200 high-revving through the front wheels are dispelled by one of the most neutral chassis I’ve ever The combination of assured brakes, and direct steering and quality Potenza RE010 195/55 R15 – on 10 spoke alloys is given a further helping by Honda’s highly-effective torque-sensing limited slip differential.

The differential makes a key contribution to how the will maintain a tight through slow speed which would normally see a car scrabble into determined

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Feeding in the power helps to that tight line and the Type R as a car that rewards and being in the right gear the engine on-song.

This car is all quickness of steering, confident and responsiveness to throttle. Bring it the corner hard on the brakes to a apex and begin applying a little earlier than you normally dare and there’s traction to drag the car out of the corner efficiently. You simply unwind the again to find the exit

Along with the race-bred and performance the Type R has some competition-inspired goodies to widen its and complete the image.

The Recaro sports seats in a and Alcantara combination are grippy, and have the right sort of length and lateral support. You notice the lack of cushion or tilt adjustment. The chairs your hips and ribcage and the thighs and shoulder blades, what such a car demands if to be driven as its designers intended it to be.

A Momo steering wheel a red stitch trim, the interior some carbon fibre inserts around the window panels, centre console and and the pedals are drilled alloy. Type R has an individual build plaque on the centre console and of there’s that titanium to give final credibility to the image.

As standard equipment the R has central door-locking, a tilt-adjustable column, a simple single Compact Disc four sound system, power windows and power mirrors, airbags, ABS anti-skid brakes and a washer/wiper. Honda says in the interest of weight saving air-conditioning is optional.

The test car was with an optional body kit side skirts and hi-rise spoiler.

Some of the competition results in compromises to the Integra’s The big Recaro seats make to the rear seats a little difficult and if body rigidity was of a priority the car would probably a low-level luggage loading

And not only is access into the seat pretty difficult for an but the headroom is restricted as well and of average stature will their head uncomfortably to the rear glass.

But on the other there are convenient features slim door storage a lights-on reminder chime and cup holders. A 50/50 split-folding seat backrest allows the luggage capacity to be expanded and a removable parcel tray.

The R colour range is limited to Red, Sunlight Yellow, Black and Championship White, a that’s typically small for a performance car.

Honda’s coupe has a fully deserved reputation and as a road car demands compromises than I expected. rapid and rewardingly poised it delivers a speed-for-dollar equation has only one contemporary rival in the New market – the new Renault Sport.

AutoPoint road team: CM.

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