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The revised Interga Type R (DC2)

1998 Honda Integra Type R (98 Spec R DC2)

As if to prove to the world they had not lost their mojo, Honda came up with a n improved version of the DC2 called the 98 Spec R. It had a revised 1.8-litre VTEC engine that pumped out an identical 200 bhp from just 1.8-litres but the torque had been substantially improved to 181 Nm thanks to a 4-1 stainless steel header. This would remain the highest specific output from any Honda engine except for the JDM S2000 with 250 bhp from just 2-litres.

Nissan Silvia spec-R

Intended to be a car that people get excited about, the new Silvia, 7th generation in this series, has been developed around the concept of "a nimble, compact sporty coupe that is thrilling to look at, sit in and drive."

The exterior design, embodying the motif of a sculpted form exuding a sensation of speed, imparts a feeling of spirited, nimble driving performance the instant one sees the car. Contributing to the Silvia's image of "speed and beauty" are its low, slanted nose with an advanced look, the tenacious-looking rear fenders expressing the stellar driving performance of this rear-wheel-drive car, the two character lines accentuated by the wedge shape and the unique panel treatment that wraps around the sides toward the rear.

Godzilla Awakes Again : Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)

The Skyline GT-R has consistently offered a world-class standard of total enjoyment through the pursuit of the ultimate in driving pleasure.

This latest R34 GT-R is the third-generation model since this legendary series was revived in 1989 with the release of the R32 GT-R following a 16-year hiatus. To continue the immutable concept of this series, the dynamic performance potential of the R34 GT-R has been further enhanced befitting the GT-R marque. Performance capabilities have also been added to enable drivers to elicit the car's full potential in their own personal driving style with complete peace of mind.

A Type R from the UK - the Honda CH1 Accord Type R

1998 Honda Accord Type R (CH1)

Oddly Honda's attention turned to the UK market for the next Type R. Now this was beginning to look like a marketing exercise than something the engineers cooked up for the sole purpose of racing(BTCC). A Honda Accord? Were they kidding? But it had all the right ingredients- lightened, high revving VTEC motor, sports suspension and Championship white. This was probably softer than the Japanese Type R genre but in the interim Honda had set up a manufacturing base in UK jointly run with Rover.

Honda's sleeper hit - the first Civic EK9 Type R

1997/8 Honda Civic Type R (EK9)

With a keen interest in racing, Honda put their Type R engineers to work for the first time on the Civic line. They chose the 1997/8 EK9 Civic three-door to be their representative. With just a 1.6-litre VTEC engine it seemed too meek to be a Type R until you raced it against the ITR. It matched its more powerful stablemate in all performance parameters and even menaced the ITR at the circuits thanks in part to the wonderful 185 bhp motor.

Honda's second Type R - the Integra Type R (96 Spec R-DC2)

1996 Honda Integra Type R (96 Spec R – DC2)

Honda seemed to have found renewed confidence ever since the NSX-R and the Formula One programs took off. In 1996, a year after the cessation of the NA1 NSX-R Honda introduced the 96 Spec R Integra to an unsuspecting world. Once thought to be the sole domain of the NSX, the second Type R reached the normal(read affordable) Honda range. The ITR’s diminutive B18C 1.8-litre VTEC engine in normally aspirated form then punched out an astonishing 200 bhp but quickly updated the next year to 98 Spec R with more torque.

The first Type R- Honda NSX-R (NA1)

1992-1995 Honda NSX-R NA1 483 units, the beginning of Type R

Not having done this before would Honda be able to field a race car for the road successfully? Around this time Porsche began selling their 964 RS and 993 RS, essentially a race car for the road and the European press had somewhat lukewarm feelings of the “overly” stiff suspension of the RS cars but otherwise loved what it brought to the table. The 964 RS went on to garner 2280 sales worldwide.

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