The Acura Integra type R, manufactured by Honda and sold globally, was primarily a hatchback vehicle. It was Acura’s most cost effective model to hit the auto market in 1986. The Integra was launched to compete with the likes of Volkswagen Golf GT, which dominated the hatchback segment in the 1980s. Nowadays, the Integra is sold as a sedan, rechristened as the RSX in the North American markets.
The second production of the Integra was equally as sporty and more modern and took on an early 90’s style. The body was very similar in design to the car before it, but this Integra had a new front end with rectangular headlights and a new engine available, the B18, a 1.8L 4Cylinder engine which gave this Integra 140 hp. Many people know this generation of the Integra as the “DA.” This is correct, but technically the first generation Integra could also be called a “DA Integra” all because of the model types.
Although the Acura Integra name is synonymous with sportiness and value, as is the current RSX appellation, Acura is discontinuing the model as Honda seeks to further separate its two divisions. No longer will a thinly disguised, yet potent Honda wear an Acura nameplate. Indeed, Honda has now separated the research and development departments for the two brands in a bid to differentiate the lines. Apparently, Honda believes that Acura can now stand on its own and “bridge models” such as the RSX will not have a place in its model line up.