DC2 Honda Integra Type R

Posted on November 17th, 2010 by Shenron
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DC2 Honda Integra Type-R (1995 - 2000)

The DC5 Honda Integra Type R never made it to the UK officially. Launched shortly after the EP3 Civic Type R Honda felt there wasn’t room for both, and if forum opinion was to go by, many would have gone for the new ITR over the tamer Civic.

For many the DC2 Integra Type R was and still is the definitive Type R, so the DC5 had a lot to live up to. Featuring chunkier styling, increased power and an increased capacity, increased chassis rigidity, more positive steering, improved grip and better brakes.

DC2 honda integra DC2 Honda Integra Type R

The most controversial change is the engine. Gone is the hard edged 1.8 litre B18C VTEC engine, and in it’s place sits Honda’s more refined 2-litre i-VTEC unit. The K20A engine combines VTEC’s variable valve lift with continuously variable intake cam timing – advancing and retarding the intake cam over 50 degrees to produce 217bhp. Torque is up 21lb ft from the old B18C engine to 152lb ft with considerably flatter power and torque curves. The high lift cams kick in at 6000rpm pulling hard to the limiter at 8400rpm. The well weighted six-speed gearbox provides a short throw ensuring a swift change within the power band applying the power via the LSD.

dc2 integra1 DC2 Honda Integra Type R

Huge improvements have been made in the structural rigidity coupled with stiffer suspension improving both road and track performance. Infact it would be rude not to take the Integra Type R out on track seeing as the roof line is now 60mm taller to accommodate the use of a helmet. Unlike it’s K20A cousin, the Civic Type R, the Integra is equipped with traditional mechanical power steering increasing feel throughout the 2.6 turns lock to lock. The wheels are now 17 inch items to help clear the front 300mm vented discs clamped by Brembo four-pot calipers. Each brake assembly saves 2.3kg but overall the DC5 Integra Type R gained 72kg due to the larger engine and increased crash structures.

dc2 integra2 DC2 Honda Integra Type R

As with any JDM built Type R the interior of the Integra is finished with Recaro seats and Momo steering wheel. Yes it might be a little larger, and a little more refined than the out going and dare I say classic DC2, but if you’re looking for the best new Type R available the Integra is the one to go for.

Honda Integra DC2 Type R racing in the hills in North Europe, amazing bumper camera view

Integra Type R DC2 running uphill on Spanish mountain in-car view

Integra Type R DC2, 9:13 lap on the famous Nordschleife / Nurburgring in Germany


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