How The Acura Integra Changed The Sport Compact Scene: The Beginnings Of VTEC

The Up to Speed video series has jumped on the Acura Integra and all the VTEC goodness that goes with it. The sadly discontinued front-wheel-drive sporty hatch (and sometimes sedan) is especially dear to my heart, -- I’ve been the proud owner of a 2001 Integra GS-R since I was 15 years old.

From the beginning, the Integra had sporting intentions, but it didn’t become the compact standout it was until Honda added its high-revving VTEC engine into the mix. Unfortunately, the combination of being cheap to buy used and the large aftermarket parts availability meant most of these cars ended up uncared for and beat to a pulp -- If they weren’t modded beyond recognition then they were slowly consumed by rust, especially in the Midwest.

My lightly modified GS-R is a perfect balance between daily driver and occasional track car, but the Type R is the one you really want. The chance to get one cheap has passed, but watch the video above and you might yet be persuaded to pull the trigger.

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