Weekly Treasure: JDM-Spec 1996 Honda Integra Type R

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A new Integra has arrived. Let's not forget its legendary ancestor.

Acura has revealed the reborn Integra. Though only a concept for now, the production-spec version won't look drastically different. We can hardly wait. Those of us who grew up in the 1990s were fortunate to experience the golden era of the Japanese sports car, like the Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000 GT, and the Toyota Supra. They were expensive, however, and out of reach for many enthusiasts. And that's where Acura saw an opening.

Following the success of the second-generation Integra GS-R performance variant, Acura decided it was time for another round of premium yet still affordable fun. The third-gen Acura Integra, known as the Honda Integra in Japan, debuted for 1993. But it was in 1995 when the Type R hit the scene in Japan.

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Standard power came from a hand-built 1.8-liter VTEC B18C inline-four rated at 197 horsepower and paired to a silky smooth, close-ratio five-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. Power goes to the front wheels only. For a FWD coupe, performance and handling were second to none. Engineers strengthened the standard car's chassis with additional spot welds, modified the rear shock towers, and added more power. Weight was reduced by eliminating some sound insulation, using a thinner windshield, and other lightweight components.

The JDM-spec's engine rev limiter was set at 8,600 rpm while US examples were tuned at 8,500 rpm. Along with suspension upgrades and an improved exhaust system, the Integra Type R checked every box and then some. It was received with immediate praise by the world's best automotive publications and enthusiasts found themselves flocking to their nearest Acura dealer. Performance was solid with a 0-60 mph of 6.2 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint in 14.5 seconds at 96 mph.

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The success of the Type R convinced Acura/Honda to continue with the formula with the fourth-gen model, renamed the RSX in the US. Most enthusiasts still consider its predecessor to be the FWD performance coupe gold standard of the '90s, perhaps of all time. It's not surprising to find low-mileage, bone stock examples selling for serious bank these days.

Alternatively, you can buy this 130,659-mile JDM example for $25,995 at JDM Sport Classics in Michigan. Finished in Championship White, this one-owner right-hand-drive Type R is mostly stock and was recently serviced by US-based technicians. The red Recaro seats are original though they show some wear and tear. In general, this Integra Type R is in good condition and needs a new home.

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