Acura Integra Type-R
Engine type: DOHC VTEC 16 valves inline-4
Displacement: 1.8L (1797cc)
Power: 195 bhp
Torque: 130 lb.-ft.
Transmission: 5 speed manual
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1/4 mile: 14.9sec
Top Speed: 145 mph
At a blaring 8400 rpm, the Acura Integra Type R's pistons are pedaling at 80 feet per second -much higher than the commonly accepted threshold of 67 feet per second. That's close to the piston speeds in Formula 1 and Indy-car engines, which have much shorter strokes than the undersquare Integra powerplant. When the Type R's tach hits 5700 rpm (or even less, depending on the throttle position), the VTEC system switches over from Dr. Jekyll to Mr.Hyde with an audible blare, and the engine sets about scaling its 195-horsepower peak at 8000 rpm with alacrity. Yes, that's almost 200 hp from a 1797cc engine, but before you reach for that calculator, I can tell you that it works out a specific output of 108.5 horses per liter. The fabulous Ferrari F355 produces just 107.3 horses per liter from its five-valve V-8. This baby will leave those Elise owners crying for more power after 100 mph, because unlike the Elise, this car will continue accelerating to over 140 mph, and that is just for 24 grand, against the Elise's price of more than $30,000 and with 118 bhp.
UPDATES: After being idle for about one year, the Type R has returned with some body tweaks and new colors.
UPDATES: For 2002 or 2003, Acura will be releasing the replacement of the Integra. At this momment it is named RS-X and will be powered by a 2.0 liter straight 4 with power ranging from 160 to 215 for the Type R.
UPDATES: Finally released in Japan! Get a glimpse of Honda's new Integra Type-R.