Honda Integra DC5
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|Honda Integra (DC5)
|Assembly||Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
|Body and chassis|
Compact luxury car
|Engine||02-06 Base: 2.0L K20A3 160 hp (119 kW) I4
02-04 Type-S: 2.0L K20A2 200 hp (149 kW) I4
05-06 Type-S: 2.0L K20Z1 210 hp (157 kW) I4
02-06 Type-R: 2.0L K20A 217 hp (162 kW) I4
|Wheelbase||101.2 in (2,570 mm)|
|Length||172.2 in (4,374 mm)|
|Width||67.9 in (1,725 mm)|
|Height||2005-06: 54.9 in (1,394 mm)
2002-04: 55.1 in (1,400 mm)
|Curb weight||2,790 lb (1,266 kg)|
|Predecessor||Honda Integra DB6-DB9, DC1-DC2, DC4|
|Successor||Acura ILX (America only)|
The Honda Integra DC5 (Japanese: ホンダ インテグラ DC5) was the fourth and final generation of the Honda Integra compact sports coupe, introduced in Japan on April 13, 2001 and produced from July 2001 to July 2006. It was introduced in North America for the 2002 model year as the Acura RSX (short for Rally Sportscar eXperimental).
In concordance with the introduction of the Integra's platform mate, the seventh-generation Civic being introduced in 2000, the Integra joined the Civic in abandoning Honda's traditional double-wishbone suspension at both ends and adopted MacPherson struts in the front and double-wishbone suspension in the rear along with the new K-series engine supplanting the B-series.
The K-series engine features intelligent VTEC (or i-VTEC), which electronically adjusts valve lift, valve duration and valve timing, giving the 2.0 L engine a flatter torque curve relative to previous VTEC implementations which only adjusted valve lift and valve duration.
The Integra DC5 received a facelift in the 2005 model year. The headlight and taillight assemblies lost the so-called 'teardrop' shape. Now the assemblies are flush with the bumpers.
In Japan, the Integra was introduced in two versions, the Integra iS (later renamed Integra Type-S in the 2004 refresh) and the Integra Type-R.
The JDM iS/Type-S (not to be confused with the RSX Type-S), which was essentially the same as the base Acura RSX, featured the K20A3 engine with an output of 160 hp (120 kW) and is offered with either an automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. Type iS is offered in 2002-2004 model years with 15 inch steel wheels with covers, or optional 16 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels. JDM Type-S was offered in 2005-2006 model years, and was equipped with a 17-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels shared with the Acura RSX Type-S. The Integra Type-R, sold in Japan had reduced weight, a 220 PS / 164 kW / 217 hp (162 kW) K20A I4 engine (Japan-only; Oceania models have an engine similar to the Acura RSX-S), as well as a limited slip differential (LSD) and stiffer springs and shocks, 4 piston Brembo brakes, 17" 5 double spoke wheels on Bridgestone Potenza tires, Recaro suede seats, leather wrapped MOMO steering wheel, body trim, and more. Type-Rs lacked many of the luxury features (like vanity mirrors or side airbags) in the Type-S, true to its racing heritage. C package on the Type-R added various accessories like the rear window wiper. JDM Integras had three interior colours available. Black was standard on the Type-iS/Type-S. Type-R had choices of black/blue/red interiors (including colour matching Recaro seats), depending on exterior colours.
Australia had three models of the Integra. They were simply named Integra, Integra Luxury, and Integra Type-R. The base Integra was simply the JDM Type iS, while the Luxury added accessories like leather seats, sunroof, and side driver/passenger airbags. Australian Type-Rs did not have the JDM specifications, they lacked the Brembo braking system, K20A 220PS engine, and the 17 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels (Regular 16 inch 5 spokes were mounted, painted in gun metal or white). However, the Australian Type-R does still retain the JDM's helical limited slip differential. The Honda Integra Type-R was dropped in 2004, and was replaced by the Integra Type-S. The Type-S was mechanically identical to the USDM Acura RSX (though it did lack cruise control like all Integras), but badged like the JDM Type-S.
New Zealand only had two models, the Integra VTi and Type-R. Integra VTi came with alloy wheels as standard, but was otherwise the same as JDM Integra iS. Type-R was also replaced by the Type-S like Australia in 2004. NZDM Type-Rs was the same as AUDM, but did not have ABS. AUDM/NZDM interior was the same as JDM.
The US offered two models: RSX and RSX Type-S. The base model had luxury features like cruise control, power moonroof as standard equipment. Sport cloth seats were standard however leather was optional. The RSX Type-S had a 200 hp (150 kW) (2002–2004) K20A2 or 210 hp (160 kW) in 2005-2006 K20Z1 engine and a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission. Leather seats, and a Bose sound system were standard on the Type-S. In 2005 the RSX Type-S received the camshafts, b-pipe and muffler, 4.7 final drive ratio, crankshaft pulley and the intake snorkel duct from the Japanese model Honda Integra Type-R. The "Type R" sold in Oceania is very similar to the "Type-S" sold in North America, and the Integra line naming in Oceania has recently been realigned to be similar with North American conventions.
The RSX had numerous exterior color options but only two interior colors: Black (Ebony) and Beige (Titanium). The exterior color choice would dictate the interior color. Some colors were available in both the base model as well as the Type-S while other colors were only available in one model but not the other. 
|Model year||Model||Frontal driver rating||Frontal passenger rating||Side driver rating||4x2 Rollover rating|
Canada had three models: Base (cloth interior, no sunroof, 15 inch steel wheels with wheel covers, essentially an Integra Type-iS.), Premium (sport cloth stock, with leather interior optional, sunroof, 16 inch alloy wheels. Heated seats are only available with leather) and Type S. In other places, (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore) only the base version is available. 2005-2006 models had an optional A-Spec front/side/rear lip kit. The A-Spec package was available to the Premium/Type-S models. Wheel types varied according to model year. 2002-2004 models had either steel wheels or 16 inch 5 spoke alloy wheel. 2005-2006 had three types: 16 inch 12 spoke base, 16 inch 7 spoke premium, 17 inch 5 spoke Type-S. CDM RSX had the same interior as USDM.
Acura won the Manufacturers' Championship of the SCCA World Challenge Touring Car class in 2006, running both RSXs and TSXs. RSX drivers finished in 5th and 9th in the Drivers' Championship. Kensai Racing is using RSXs and TSXs in the KONI Challenge Series. Badged as a Honda, the DC5 won the British Touring Car Championship with Matt Neal in 2005 and 2006, for Team Dynamics (branded as Team Halfords after the title sponsor).
- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca | Curran Tastes Victory In Speed World Challenge Touring[dead link]
- "Kensai Racing Total Motorsport Performance Products". Kensairacing.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03.
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