These days, Acura Integra Type R values are higher than those of an Acura NSX. Prices have shot as high as $82,000, with most decent examples in the $60,000 range. On paper, the numbers don’t look that spectacular. Its 1.8-liter inline-four had less than 200 horsepower, 195 to be precise, or just 15 more than the much cheaper GS-R. The torque spread was even less, just 130 lb-ft versus 128. Its 0-60 time was around 6.6 seconds, just 0.4 faster than the GS-R’s. Aside from a larger wing, it looked nearly identical to its lesser siblings as well. But a car isn’t just the sum of its spec sheet.
In the latest episode of Regular Car Reviews, host Mr Regular makes the argument for why an Integra Type R is worth every penny of the $60,000 it trades for. The argument can probably be summed up in one word: purity. There’s nothing fake about it, just pure Honda engineering at its peak. It’s not trying to be uber-aggressive with angry styling, it strikes a perfect balance between power and weight, and was not marketed to celebs or athletes. You had to be a car guy or gal to appreciate it, and probably still do.