Under the Radar – The DB8 Integra Type R

If you often find yourself searching for the lesser known cars to come out of Japan, the DB8 Integra has superb appeal.  The ‘sensible’ four door option of the popular DC2 ITR, mechanically it was exactly the same and began production in 1995.

Just like a DC2 it’s a involving car to drive with the awesome B18C unit up front and slick close ratio five speed manual that lets the driver race through the gears in such a rewarding manner.

If back in the day you craved a DC2 but the practicality surrounding the coupe shape was stopping you the DB8 alternative was a no-brainer. Those extra two doors could of made all the difference to letting you experience what is still regarded as one of the greatest FWD handling cars ever made.

If you thought DC2’s were a rare sight on UK roads the DB8 is almost mythical with a mere 5,135 units produced exclusively for the Japanese domestic. So if you weren’t initially convinced by the four door look then the rarity aspect is something to consider if you’re wanting to import an Integra Type R as a future investment.

DB8’s were available in Championship White (Code: NH-0), like this example we sourced for a Personal import customer. Black and Silver were the alternative colour options for the DB8.

Being one of 499 DB8’s produced in 1999 this is a later model, production of the DB8 came to an end in the year 2000.

So the DB8 is a naturally aspirated, four door, high revving and involving car from Honda. Was it the 90’s version of what Japan’s Civic became in 2007 when the FD2 Type R was launched?

 

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