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Honda Integra Type R 1995-2001

The hardcore Honda Integra Type R takes 5th place in our all-time fast hondas top 10

Honda’s racy Integra is a rare sight on these shores, but when it landed on UK soil in 1997 it gave buyers their first glimpse of the now-legendary Type R badge. It’s the original DC2 version that’s regarded as the purest, although the later DC5 was still a wonderfully precise car to drive, and formed the basis of the racer that Matt Neal took to consecutive British Touring Car Championship titles in 2005 and 2006.

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With its racy coupe looks and a bare cabin that put the focus firmly on fun, the Integra Type R offered a thrillingly hardcore drive. The original’s compact, lightweight body tipped the scales at a mere 1,060kg, and with minimal sound deadening and a 197bhp 1.8-litre VTEC engine, it sounded every inch the touring car racer, too.

It was fast, with 0-62mph taking 6.2 seconds, but the Integra Type R’s grin factor came from its handling. It’s incredibly trick underneath: double-wishbone suspension all round, extra chassis bracing, thicker anti-roll bars and a 15mm-lower ride height combined to deliver an intoxicating experience that, for many, makes this the best front-wheel-drive performance car ever.

Honda Integra Type R : key specs

Engine: 1.8-litre 4cylPower: 187bhpTorque: 178NmTransmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive0-62mph: 6.2 secondsTop speed: 145mphOn sale: 1995-2001

The all-time best fast Hondas

1. Honda NSX 1990-20052. Honda Civic Type R 2017-date3. Honda Civic Type R 2001-20054. Honda S2000 1999-20095. Honda Integra Type R 1995-20016. Honda Accord Type R 1998-20027. Honda Civic Type R 1997-20008. Honda Civic Type R 2007-20109. Honda CR-X VTEC 1989-199210. Honda S800 1967-1970

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