The saying says “Don’t meet your heroes” but it’s not always correct, as this 2001 Acura Integra Type R so deftly proves. This is the best front-wheel-drive car, ever built.
Acura loaned me a museum-quality Integra Type R for a full week and it’s the most nervous I’ve ever been with a press vehicle.
The engine is a joy to rev into the sky, the shift lever is tight, the suspension is properly stiff, and everything about the Type R just feels perfect. These opportunities are rare, but I enjoy them when they come around… and this one lived up to all the hopes I had for it. The 2001 Acura Integra Type R is a truly excellent and amazing machine.
[Disclaimer: Acura tossed me the keys to this 2001 Integra Type R and included a tank of fuel.]