||January 13, 2002 01:38
||April 13, 2002 14:50
Integra and Civic-R Review
This article appeared in a recent edition of the Japanese Best Motoring
magazine. It talks about the highly anticipated 2002 Integra (now called RSX in North America). The current
Integra platform has been around since '94, ancient in this hotly contested
sporty coupe group. Many people have been anxiously waiting on more solid
information on the next generation Integra (which will be getting an
alphanumeric name). Much of the information is quite shocking. The article was
expertly translated by Kaz Mori. Thanks for "VuDoo4u2" for sending us
these pictures and to Neal for the picture touch up. Enjoy.
Debut date of June 2001 Integra, Shocking 220ps! The 21st Century Sport
Shown by Honda
Caption on Engine:
The new generation engine for the Honda "Stream" is the K20A,
but the Integra's i-VTEC will be the K20C. If a Type R exists, will it be
called the '01 Spec R? The power output is said to be 2.0 liters, 220ps!
In the dwindling "sports specialty" class, how will Honda revive
the Integra to be the class secret surprise? This new Integra is amazing.
It's been a year since we've been saying that. The next model was said to
merge with the Prelude and move up to the 2.0-liter class - now we know
some details on the engine. The LX and the new Integra both make use of
the recently released Civic's chassis and flat-floor system. However, the
engine is quite different. While the Civic is equipped with conventional
engines, the new Integra is equipped with the all-new i-VTEC. The i-VTEC's
base is said to be the S2000's F20C, and the tuning of the new Integra is
supposed to see further improvements.
Picture of Engine and Exhaust:
Because the new i-VTEC will turn clockwise, the exhaust will face
backward, allowing for a tighter fit, along with better fuel economy,
emissions, and power.
---- Shortened the length between exhaust port ----
The engine equipped on the new Integra is the high-power "K"
series for FF cars, and the engine designation is said to be K20C. The
base engine is from the "Stream" released last month, and is
called the K20A. The developer of the engine boasts, "We went
conservatively on the 'Stream', but we can easily get 125ps/liter with
this engine." In other words, with the same 2.0 liters as the S2000,
it's possible to hit 250ps. Because of its FF layout, the Integra's engine
will supposedly be set to an output of 220ps, according to insiders.
However, since Honda plans on racing with the new Integra, it wouldn't be
a surprise to see an "N1 edition" that makes 230-240ps.
However, with the information gathered up to now, the new Integra will
not have the variety of 'grades' of engines as it did before. Instead, all
grades will be Type-R-like -- much as the NSX and how all NSX's boast high
performance. The retail version will most likely have 220ps across all
grades. The so-called K20C 01 Spec R has the standard VTEC, but in
addition, comes with the load-responsive VTC, which makes for the i-VTEC.
Like the S2000, the cam is chain-driven. In addition, the FF layout is
maximized -- the transversely mounted engine's exhaust manifold faces the
rear of the car. This allows for the engine compartment space to be
maximized, and also increases fuel efficiency, power, and emissions. The i-VTEC
has received the LEV status, and will (text garbled - I'm guessing it says
you'll qualify for some tax discount). Clean emissions and ultimate power
- in that sense, the goal is the same as the S2000, but the Integra is
slated to have a lower sticker price. Currently, in the 2.0 liter sports
class, the Celica SS-II is $18,000 (US$), and despite the new Integra's 30
more ps, it is rumored to be priced similarly. The current "IntR"
(Integra Type-R) is 1.8 liters, 200ps, and $23,000 (US$), so this would
mean an amazing price reduction.
Engine Spec Chart:
K20C 01 Spec R (name not finalized)
Engine Straight-4 DOHC
Displacement 1998cc Bore x Stroke 86.0? x ??.0 (text blurred badly)
Power 220ps @7800rpm
Torque 22.0kg @7000rpm
The details on pricing are top secret, but insider sources say that Honda
may take an aggressive pricing scheme to push the new Integra. Because the
base is still the Civic, and the new i-VTEC is able to produce high output
without the manual labor (port & polish, etc) required on previous
Type-R-class engines, the low price is not a dream. How about the
suspension that will carry this powerful engine? The basic system is still
that of the Civic and the "Stream" line. The front will be
struts, and the rear will be double-wishbone. However, as one may expect,
the suspension will be customized to Type-R specs, and the fine-tuning
involved is said to be amazing, and will not tarnish the name of the
"Type-R". This suspension will indeed be key. No matter how much
power you have, if the rest of the car cannot handle it, it is a failure.
But imagine...a S2000-class FF coupe...that is the new Integra. The
on-road testing is said to be in its final stages, and is slated to
successfully pass the high-speed test at Nurburgring this Fall. The number
of grades available will be very few, but insiders say it will be a
fearfully fast FF sports car. It will even include an NSX Type S-Zero-like
ultra-spec'd-out model, which will most closely resemble the current
Integra Type-R in terms of speed. The exterior design will be that of
bubbly eyes in both the front and rear. The headlights indented into the
bumper, which started with the HR-V, will also be utilized for the
Integra. The SM-X, Odyssey, and the new Logo which debuts next Spring will
use them as well -- and thus, the Integra's debut time is expected to be
around the same time, although rumor has the debut date anywhere from
May to July -- hinting that they are a tad bit behind. Will this super FF
sports change the specialty class?
New Integra's *Predicted* Specs
Power 220ps @ 7800rpm
Torque 22.0kg @ 7000rpm
Price $18,000 (US$)
|Yellow-box caption on the Civic Type R:
The Civic Type R will share the engine
with the Integra! The Civic Type R is slated to debut in Fall, 2001, and will be
imported from Great Britain. The debut date will be 2-3 months after the
Integra, but by September, the 3-door Civic Type-R is slated to be sold in
Japan. The Civic Type-R uses the i-VTEC 2.0 liter, 220ps engine. Truth be told,
the clockwise engine could not be finished in time for the Civic, so the Civic
uses the Stream's i-VTEC. However, the Civic Type-R will utilize the
rearward-exhaust, clockwise-turning, K20C. Because of its import status, the
price may end up being higher than the Integra - about $18-$20k. Gotta watch for
this one, too!