While the Acura Integra’s signature in the North American market was its four-headlight face, the Japanese preferred a long, slim compound headlight that resembled the previous Integra’s look. It gave the Honda Integra a smoother, more grown-up style, but that doesn’t mean the Honda version wasn’t just as maniacally fun as its American sibling. The same hand-ported B18 motor resides up front, as rev-happy and powerful as ever--197 horsepower are at the beckon call of the driver’s right foot. You’ll want to peg the throttle again and again, because the Integra Type-R makes addictive go-fast noises. When the hot VTEC cam comes on, grins increase exponentially. Likewise with curves; Honda’s engineers carried out an extensive modification program, replacing roll bars, springs, and dampers with much stiffer versions. Perhaps the Type-R’s most exciting trait is its perfectly neutral balance—mild oversteer is just a throttle-lift away, a rare and desirable trait in a front-wheel drive car. Fans of JDM Hondas (or, in fact, fans of great-driving cars) will love the Integra Type-R’s numerous talents.