Honda’s fourth-generation Integra (chassis code DC5) was unveiled in Japan on April 13, 2001, and manufactured until August 2006. From recognized names like “Integra” or “Legend” to alphabetical designations, Acura’s naming policy changed to help purchasers create an identification for the brand, not the individual automobiles.
Like its platform-mate, the 7th-generation Civic, which debuted in 2000, the Integra adopted the new K-series engine and dispensed with the older B-series in favor of MacPherson struts up front and trailing arm type suspension in the rear, following Honda‘s tradition of using double wishbone suspension on both ends.
In 2004, the Integra had a facelift (MY2005). The so-called “teardrop” form was gone from the headlight and taillight components. By doing this, the assemblies were brought to a level with the bumpers.
An immobilizer and an alarm were included as standard, the interior got new trim and gauge clusters, the body became sturdier, the suspension springs were modified, and the car’s inclination to bump steer was minimized.
With the K-series engine, i-VTEC (or i-VTEC), the 2.0 L engine has a flatter torque curve than prior VTEC implementations that just modified valve lift and valve duration, making the K-series engine more efficient.
Both the iS (later rebranded as Type S in the 2004 refresh) and Type R variants of the Integra were available to Japanese customers.
Honda’s 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder K20A3 engine, paired to either the 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox, produced 160 horsepower (120 kW). In 2001-2003 iS, 15-inch steel wheels with covers and optional 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels were offered as options.
The RSX Type-S shared its 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with the Type S from 2004 to 2006. Reduced weight, an engine with 217 horsepower (164 kW), and a DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder K20A engine (only in Japan; Oceania models use an engine similar to the RSX Type-S) were all available on the JDM Type R, as were six-speed close-ratio manual transmissions, stiffer springs, and shocks, high-intensity discharge (HID) projector headlights, an aluminum pedal set, four-piston.
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For its racing pedigree, the Type R lacks several of the luxuries (like vanity mirrors or side airbags) seen in the Type S The Type R’s C package included a rear wiper, a remote control, and folding mirrors, among other features.
In its debut year, the JDM iS had just one inside color option: Ebony. For the first time in 2002, Titanium interiors were available in any color. The Type S’s fabric and leather seats had been reworked.
The Type R was available in black, blue, and red interiors, with Recaro seats that matched the exterior color.
The high wing or the trunk lip spoiler may be selected as an option for the Type R update. The sunroof and navigation systems were optional on both the iS and Type S.
Honda’s Modulo range offered additional accessories for both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Fog lights, aero kits (front/side/rear bumper improvements), wing spoilers, alloy wheels, push-button start, enhanced speakers, and GPS are just some of the Modulo extras available.
Since many Integra performance components must comply with Japanese road safety standards, you may get them via a Honda dealer.
In the case of a Honda dealer, such as M&M Honda, they control their own line of components. Dealerships offer Mugen’s performance components as aftermarket extras.
It was offered in four variants in Australia: the basic Integra; Luxury; Type R; and Type S versions. There were two Integra trim levels: standard and Luxury, both of which had leather seats and a sunroof as options.
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Australian Type Rs were distinct from JDM counterparts in that they lacked several of the latter’s more advanced features.
They didn’t have the Brembo brake system, and instead of the slightly more powerful K20A, they utilized the 200 horsepower K20A2, as well as normal 16-inch 5-spoke wheels painted in gunmetal or white.
Australian Type R retains the JDM model’s helical limited-slip differential, complete Type R interior (MOMO steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and shift knob), Recaro seats, and color-matched carpets.
To take its place, the USDM RSX Type-S (which lacked cruise control) was badged as the JDM Type S and was technically similar to the Type-S of the USDM in 2004.
Integra’s basic model was discontinued in 2004 when the vehicle was relaunched. In 2006, there were just two options: Luxury or Type S.
The only color option for the inside was black. New safety standards necessitated the addition of reinforcements to the Oceanic models that received a makeover.