A 2022 Honda Integra Type-R needs to happen, and this rendering shows exactly how it needs to lookby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 03:43
The Honda Integra Type-R is not a car that needs an introduction. It’s considered the best front-wheel-drive sports car ever made. The Integra Type-R had all the right ingredients out of the box. A nimble chassis, close-ratio five-speed manual, helical LSD, and of course, the B18C5 engine that revs to almost 9,000 RPM. Sadly, prices have sky-rocketed, and if you want one, you’d have to sell an arm and a leg. However, industrial designer Jordan Rubinstein-Towler has decided to give us his own vision of what a 2022 Honda Integra Type-R could look like.
It seems Jordan was inspired by the JDM version of the car, as the headlights are reminiscent of the rectangular units found on Japan-spec cars. For the rest of the world, the Integra DC2 features round headlights. The rear is actually quite reminiscent of the newer Integra DC5 and even features a modern interpretation of the tall rear wing, which is also adjustable.
Jordan’s vision manages to be faithful to the past and present of Honda, including elements from older and current models of the brand. The design is both aggressive and minimalistic at the same time. Just like in the original, the rendering features a sleek profile, without much in the way of crests and curves. It also has Enkei forged wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza semi-slick tires.
The designer is a true fan of the Integra Type-R and has even gone through the trouble of rendering the interior and engine bay.
Under the hood, the 2022 Integra Type-R gets a 2.4-liter i-VTEC, which in his vision develops 276 horsepower at 8,600 RPM – way more than the original’s 197 horsepower.
Staying true to the original, the high-revving inline-four is “married” to a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. Jordan has thrown in an adjustable coilover suspension for good measure. There is also a substantial amount of chassis bracing, some of which can be seen on the images.
The interior follows a similar philosophy. It’s minimalistic, yet driver-focused, with lots of red accents and sport Alcantara seats that will squeeze you in place harder than a clingy girlfriend.
One of Type-R’s features compared to the normal Integra is less weight. In this case, the 2022 interpretation has dropped down to 1,170 kg (2,580 pounds), from 1,275 kg (2,811 pounds). For context, the original Integra Type-R had a curb weight of 1,145 kg (2524 pounds). Should the Integra Type-R reincarnate in Jordan’s vision, we expect the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time to be well under the 6.1-second mark, which is what “Sport Compact Car” magazine managed to achieve, back in the day.
Although it doesn’t seem like Honda will give us a new Integra Type-R any time soon, you can be sure that, if it happens, it will be much more affordable than what the 1990s original currently goes for. Not long ago, a 1997 Integra Type-R sold for $65,000, which is well over the $24,000 original sticker price, which is almost $40,630 in today’s money. We can only hope that Honda listens to reason and takes inspiration from Jordan’s designs.
|Drivetrain||2.4-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC|
|Horsepower||276 horses @ 8,600 rpm|
|0-60 mph||< 6.1 seconds|
Source: jrubinsteintowler via Instagram