1997 Acura Integra Type R - Introduction


As the latest addition to the Acura Integra lineup, which long has been dedicated to the proposition that driving is its own reward, the all-new Integra Type R Sports Coupe has been developed to maximize the sporty car's dynamic capabilities and send its driver's spirits soaring to new heights. There were three primary targets during the development process: performance, handling and control, and a thrilling driving sensation. Engineering teams, which included racing veterans from the Formula One ranks, incorporated the dynamic essence of true race cars while developing the Type R, and thoroughly carried the "driving pleasure" theme through every stage of development. Not surprisingly, a heavy emphasis was placed on the Type R's performance on the racetrack during development, all in an effort to deliver an exciting car with exceptional acceleration, braking and handling capabilities.

Concepts and Goals

The Integra Type R Sports Coupe was designed to achieve:

  • Quick response and of acceleration through its high-revving VTEC engine;
  • Outstanding cornering response thanks, in part, to a lower center of gravity and track-tuned suspension to enable linear cornering with minimal understeer;
  • Enhanced braking performance with larger-capacity, fade-resistant brakes designed to withstand severe racetrack test conditions;
  • Unique styling and exclusive features such as a Type R-exclusive wing-like rear spoiler, alloy wheels and Type R graphics, etc.


This new, limited-edition model joins the third-generation Acura Integra lineup that was first introduced in 1994. Like its fellow Integra models, the Type R features numerous technological innovations that maximize performance and handling, and provide high levels of safety, durability and efficiency. However, it goes a step further by embodying the spirit and technological achievements demonstrated in Formula One racing. Thus, it is clear that engineers placed a heavy emphasis on the performance characteristics of the Type R during development.

Key performance features of the Integra Type R include:

  • 195-horsepower 1.8-liter dual overhead earn 16-valve VTEC inline 4-cylinder engine that provides more horsepower per liter than any normally aspirated mass-produced engine in the U.S.;
  • Hand-polished intake and exhaust ports and single-port intake manifold;
  • An exhaust system with a larger diameter to allow larger volume flow;
  • Overall vehicle weight reduced by 93 lbs. (42 kg);
  • Torque-sensitive helical limited slip differential;
  • Lower overall vehicle height (by 15 mm) and aerodynamic refinements that result in 30% less lift (CI) and 1% less drag (Cd);
  • Racetrack-calibrated suspension and high-performance tires;
  • Larger disk brakes with performance-oriented calipers;
  • Refined Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS);
  • Reinforced unit body structure.

A number of other features were added to heighten the sporty appeal of the Type R, including:

  • Chin spoiler, wing-type rear spoiler, and body-colored side sills;
  • Lightweight aluminum alloy wheels that match the Type R's exclusive color - Championship White;
  • Sport-style seats;
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob;
  • Exclusive Type R ignition key;
  • Special serial number plate affixed to the center console;
  • Carbon fiber-like instrumentation design with amber illumination;
  • "Type R" graphics.

In the true spirit of racing, a select number of comfort and convenience features on the Integra Type R have been eliminated in an effort to minimize the vehicle's overall weight. These include items such as a sunroof, vanity mirrors, cruise control, rear window wiper / washer. Air conditioning becomes optional equipment. Other items that have been eliminated for weight considerations include dashboard insulator, transmission mount, drive shaft and shifter dynamic damper, and melt-sheet for the floor stamping.

Key safety features of the Type R include:

  • Standard driver's and front passenger's Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags on all models;
  • 3-point seat belts;
  • Projector beam headlights;
  • Side-impact protection.