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Road Test: 2000 Acura Integra Type R

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/11/2003 Jeff Bartlett
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After a year's hiatus, the limited-edition Acura Integra Type R returns for 2000, albeit with few changes from the original '98 model. The front-drive legend's high-revving 1.8-liter/195-horse VTEC four, slick-shifting close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, razor-sharp reflexes, beefy disc brakes, mile-high spoiler, and pedigree racing spirit remain intact. So do the lack of a sunroof, vanity mirrors, cruise control, and numerous unseen sound damping elements, all forsaken in the interests of a 93-pound weight savings. Two key creature features are part of the standard mix, however: air conditioning and six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo. As do all 2000 Integras, the resurrected Type R benefits from 100,000-mile tuneup intervals, TLEV emissions compliance, and anti-theft immobilizer system. It will take on a slightly higher street profile, as well, with the original Championship White exterior color supplanted by a choice of either Flamenco Black Pearl or Phoenix Yellow paint.


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