As fans of Honda Type R models, we’re glad that the Japanese marque continues to make the Civic Type R to this day. More recently, they even confirmed that the Civic Type R will continue for the new generation model. But there is another Type R model we particularly miss, and it’s effectively the coupe counterpart of the Civic – the Integra Type R.
Thanks to the power of digital renders, someone has brought the Integra Type R back to life. While they do look legit given the attention to detail, unfortunately, they aren't official images from Honda or Acura. From a quick internet search, the images are renders of an automotive designer on Instagram that goes by @jrubinsteintowler.
These futuristic renders of the Integra appear to be heavily inspired by the original DC2 Integra Type R from 1995. Specifically, the JDM Type R and not the USDM model with four round headlights. Upfront, there are slim and sharp LED headlights paired with an aggressive-looking bumper. As for the rear end, it appears to be inspired by the second-generation Integra (DC5) combined with design elements of the FK8 Civic Type R.
The renders don’t end with the exterior. There are even a few photos of the cabin. The red seats and the Integra Type R plaque on the shifter pay homage to the original ITR. However, the dashboard, steering wheel, and gauge setup are rather interesting. Keen-eyed viewers will also notice the signature red carpets all around.
A render of the engine bay shows what about could power the future Integra Type R (assuming Honda builds one). Strangely, the designer didn’t opt for the turbocharged 2.0-liter K20C from Civic Type R.
Unlike the Civic Type R, the Integra Type R (and the standard Integra) has been missing from Honda’s lineup after being discontinued in 2006. For those unfamiliar, the Type R moniker was first applied on the Integra (with the DC2 in 1996) before the Civic (EK9 in 1997). And given the cult following behind the Integra name, a revival would be great for fans and could help the company boost sales further.
So far, Honda has yet to announce news of a new Integra, and they probably won’t anytime soon. However, there is a glimmer of hope for Integra fans. Earlier this year, photos of what could be a camouflaged Integra prototype circulated on the internet. Details were scarce, but it did bring up the possibility of the coupe's revival.
What do you think of the renders? Should Honda take a hint and build the Integra again? Let us know in the comments.