Everywhere else in the world, the Integra was just another Honda. But in the United States, the Integra was badged as an Acura (via MotorTrend). While the U.S. market Integra had been around since the 1980s, the spiced-up Type R variant arrived on American shores in 1997 and left in 2001. A base Acura of the same vintage produced 140 horsepower from its 1.8-liter four-banger. The Type R was equipped with a hand-built engine of the same displacement that had a redline of over 8,000 rpm and produced 195 horsepower. With the exception of the wing and Type R badging, the Integra didn’t look particularly ostentatious on the outside.
The badging and factory aerodynamic upgrades made the Type R stand out in a grocery store parking lot, but the design itself was uncluttered and sleek. The quadruplet set of round headlights was simple and gave the Integra an almost friendly face, not unlike older Mazda Miatas. The car’s simplicity combined with its out-of-the-box performance allowed it to act as a blank slate for tuners all over. In fact, so many Type Rs were modified inside and out, that it’s newsworthy when a bone stock one appears out of the ether.