The 2002 Honda Integra Type R is given a completely new engine, with new 2.0 liter capacity engine replacing the 1.8 liter unit. It comes with Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing system that is the first to be sold in Australia. Many manufacturers have produced inexpensive sports car these days, from small sports car to muscle cars with powerful engine and fun convertibles to track-focused supercar. The new Honda Integra Type R is claimed to be the real race-car breed that competes the Renault Clio Sport, Nissan 200SX coupe, Falcon XR8, and the Holden Commodore SS.
2002 Honda Integra Type R Drivetrain
Engine is another major change for the 2002 Integra. It uses 2.0 liters engine for the 2002 Integra range from 1.8 liter unit. The i-VTEC variable valve timing system is new and it has not released before in Australia. This technology decrease dangerous exhaust and emissions fuel consumption, provide faultless performance by constantly regulate the camshaft timing. It generates an awesome 147kW of power almost equal to the Holden Commodore’s 3.8-litre V6 though it only generates two-thirds of its torque with 191Nm. The six-speed manual transmission is close-ratio and new though 2002 Honda Integra Type R has the same weight as the previous model’s five-speed transmission with the extra gear.
2002 Honda Integra Type R Interior
The interior of the 2002 Honda Integra Type R features a Momo steering wheel, Recaro race bucket seats, and aluminum pedals and gear knob. Electrical instruments include power mirrors and windows, a CD audio system, red-lit gauges, a race-style cockpit and remote central locking. To save extra weight, air conditioning is not available on the standard Type R though it is available as optional with $2000. The safety equipment include ABS and dual front airbags.
2002 Honda Integra Type R Performance
Unlike the first Honda Type R that comes with the instant hit, this new Integra starts slow. It drives a bit clunky and looks a little stout at first. The downcast cockpit tone down the vivid Recaro buckets seat in the new car with a new silver spread add to the bold white-faced buttons and dashboard equipment gives a spacey look with red after dark tone. The Bridgestone RE030s are carried over and have good grip but are still far too noisy. It has heavy steering in cornering and the engine is weak when drives under 4000 revs. You have to give this 2002 Honda Integra Type R some time to enjoy.