It’s easy for us Americans to forget that the 2017 Honda Type R traces its roots all the way back to the early 1990s. In nearly all iterations, the basic ingredients were the same: great lightweight chassis, excellent shifter straight from the car heavens, bright red heavily bolstered seats, and a hilariously peaky…
Every car has a purpose (besides the obvious one, which is to make money for car companies). Some are made for families with multiple children. Some are for convertible fun on a good back road. But the purpose of the Acura Integra Type R was incredibly singular: the business of giant-slaying.
In August 1995, Honda dropped an atomic bomb on the sports car world and redefined everyone's conceptions of what a front-wheel drive car could do. That car, of course, was the Integra Type R.
Until replaced by the lugubrious Del Sol, Honda's CRX played the part of spunky younger brother to the Prelude as the company's sportsters. Today's turbocharged Nice Price or Crack Pipe CRX demonstrates that sibling rivalries can be a good thing.