- Honda Integra

Honda Integra

Or the Acura RSX for Americans like me

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The Honda Integra was produced from 1986 to 2006.

First Generation 1986

This vehicle debuted in Japan in February 1985 as the Honda Quint Integra.

Honda Integra (DA3)

Honda Integra (DA3)

The three-door hatchback was the only model available originally, with a five-door arriving in October 1985. The engine was the vehicle's most publicized feature, as DOHC, multi-valve engines were not commonplace in entry-level models at the time. In most European countries, only the five-door liftback was offered, as a replacement for the Honda Quint. Typically for European Integras, only the 1.5-liter 84hp 4 Weber carburetors engine was available. The five-door liftback model was also sold in Australia, rebadged as the Rover 416i.

Acura Integra 5-Door (US Only)

Acura Integra 5-Door (US Only)

Being designed as the successor of the Honda Quint, the Integra is closely related to the Civic.

The first generation Acura Integras actually came with two different engines. Although they shared the same engine code (D16A1), there were a few differences. The engine differed in the years 1986 to 1987 and 1988 to 1989. The two engines are commonly called the "Browntop" and "Blacktop" due to the color of their valve covers. The "browntop" came in 1986 and 1987 Integras while the "blacktop" came in 1988 and 1989 models. The improvements in the "blacktop" engine included lighter rods, domed pistons for slightly higher compression, and an electric advance distributor (the "browntop" came with a vacuum advance distributor).

Second Generation 1989

1992 Honda Integra LS

1992 Honda Integra LS

The second generation Integra was introduced in April 1989 and in this generation, one of the first VTEC engines ever manufactured by Honda was installed in a JDM Integra DA series. This generation saw the discontinuation of the five-door hatchback, and the first availability of a four-door sedan outside Japan. In North America, the Integra was sold under the Acura nameplate. Acura offered three trim levels (RS, LS and GS) for 1990 and 1991 model years and added a fourth trim level (GS-R) beginning in May 1992. Model choices consisted of a 3-door hatchback and a new 4-door sedan. All trim levels were available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission except for the GS-R which was only offered in a 5 speed manual with shorter gearing than other trim levels.

Acura Integra Rear

Acura Integra Rear

Third Generation 1993

Honda debuted the third generation model in 1993. Standard power (in Japan) from the B18B engine increased to 142 hp. In the U.S., the B18B1 produced slightly less power due to a lower compression ratio

1994-2001 Acura Integra

1994-2001 Acura Integra

In 1995, Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese domestic market.[20] The Type R came standard with a 197 hp. The JDM DC2 Type R received significant upgrades in 1998 and is known as the '98 Spec R. The third generation also saw the production of a four-wheel drive option. Available only in the four-door sedan.

Fourth Generation 2001

Honda Integra DC5 Type R

Honda Integra DC5 Type R

The fourth generation Integra was introduced in Japan on April 13, 2001 and produced from July 2001 to August 2006. For North America (United States and Canada), it was introduced as the Acura RSX. It also had an entirely new engine, the K-series. The Integra came in two models in the United States, the RSX and the RSX Type-S. The RSX was sold as a Honda Integra in Japan and Australia, markets where Acura did not exist.

In March 2006, Honda announced that the Integra would be discontinued in June after its final 300 cars were sold, due to the shrinkage of the coupe market. The reaction of the consumers towards the discontinuation, however, forced Honda to extend production until July 2006 and produce 150 more Integras. The Acura RSX was discontinued as well.

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