Honda Integra Type R
(1995- 2001)

  • Phenomenal driving experience
  • Surprising practicality for a sports car
  • Possible investment opportunity
  • Excellent build quality
  • Parts are becoming rare
  • Many examples are well past their best
  • Almost no driver aids
  • Cost of admission increasing constantly
Overview

With the world’s motoring press labelling the Honda Integra Type R as the greatest front-wheel drive performance car ever and one of the best handling cars of all time, the DC2R has quite the reputation to live up to.

The focus of the Integra Type R was to minimize weight, enhance rigidity and increase performance. This was achieved by putting the Integra through a comprehensive weight loss regime while also tuning the power plant, drivetrain, suspension and brakes to extract the absolute most from the DC2 platform.

The DC2R received various revisions during its lifecycle and was sold under the Acura badge in the US.

However, as the DC2 Integra Type R is now pushing 20 years of age and many examples are topping 200,000kms travelled, the focussed performance car has most likely been driven very hard on a number of occasions during this period and while it is becoming an icon of motoring, are they worth the ever-increasing asking prices and should you buy one at all?

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What goes wrong

The B18C VTEC engine in the Type R is incredibly tough and durable, but we recommend regular oil changes at every 5,000kms using very high-quality oils.

We recommend this as the B18C can burn through a small amount of oil even with less spirited driving.

A fresh cambelt and new spark plugs are required every five years or 100,000kms (60,000 miles) and check that coolant and fuel filters have been replaced with original Honda units as they should be changed every four years or 75,000kms (48,000 miles).

Watch for any modifications, especially aftermarket air filters, turbo or supercharger kits or modified exhausts and ECUs. Cheap or poorly made non-stock parts can fail and potentially strangle the engine at high revs when compared to the official Honda items.

VTEC solenoids can wear and may require replacement and the oil pan can flex and bend resulting in small oil leaks. Both of these issues are relatively easily fixed.

If the car is smoking from the exhaust, it could be a sign of abuse and worn piston rings or a range of other problems. This could result in major headaches in the future.

You may hear a rattle from underneath the car as you are driving it. This is typically caused by a loose heat shield on the exhaust, which can be tightened in a few minutes.

If the car knocks when it is being revved it is most likely caused by the engine making contact with the bodywork due to a failed engine mount. This is not usually a big problem as the rear engine mount can be replaced fairly easily.

Thoroughly check the body work and chassis for signs of accidents, badly repaired crash damage or general abuse. As the DC2R was (for a time) very affordable, extremely popular amongst car enthusiasts and learner and professional drivers, meaning many Integra Type Rs have been driven hard, abused, crashed and repaired badly.

Finally, rust is becoming quite common, especially around the tailgate near the car’s roof.

Model range, pricing and features

Integra Type R (1995 - 2001)

  • Price when new: $39,950 - $43,559
  • Price used: $23,000 - $50,000

Available in Japan from 1995 to 2001, the DC2R was sold in limited numbers and received updates and revision through the production cycle.

Standard features:

  • 15-inch alloy wheels (95-97)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels (98-01)
  • Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres
  • Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission
  • Helical limited-slip differential
  • Larger strut tower bars
  • Rear performance rods on the rear frame
  • Numerous body reinforcements
  • Revised springs and dampers
  • Larger sway bars
  • Titanium shift knob
  • Recaro seats (not US market)
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front Spoiler
  • Strengthened wheel bolts & bearings
  • Floor heat panel removed
  • Lightened flywheel
  • Compact battery
  • Dashboard insulator removed
  • Larger rotors and calipers
  • ABS system is revised to accommodate for increased performance
  • Increased brake size (from 1998)
  • Redesigned rear bumper (from 1998)
  • Gear ratios changed with 1st to 3rd gears closer while the final two gears were longer to increase cruising comfort (from 1998) Engine
  • 4-1 long tube header brought torque down lower to 6,200rpm (from 1998)
  • Air conditioning (optional)
Should you buy it

As long as you can find a well cared for example with a full and thorough service history and a minimal number of previous owners, yes.

Ideally a DC2R with folders full of receipts, photos and a comprehensive history is a must buy as the right Integra Type R is sure to be future classic.

However, unless you’re planning on buying a restoration project or an affordable platform to build a brilliant track car, we’d recommend avoiding DC2Rs with questionable histories, minimal or no service records and excessive modifications.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

3 years, 80,000km warranty

Servicing:

6 months or 10,000kms

Tech Specs

Body style:

2-door coupe

Engines:

1.8-litre DOHC VTEC in-line 4-cyl (B18C)

Power:

147kW
145kW (US market)
139kW (UK market)

Torque:

176Nm

Transmissions:

5-spd close-ratio manual

Fuel use:

8.1L/100kms (claimed)

Dimensions:

Height: 1,320mm

Length: 4,395mm

Width: 1,710mm

Kerb weight: 1136kg

Disclaimer

Information correct as of July 09, 2021.

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