Arguably the biggest downside of owning any sports car is depreciation. That expensive to maintain BMW or Audi just isn’t going to be worth as much to the next guy. Unfortunately, that’s just part of life. However, that’s not the case for Acura Integra Type R (and Honda Civic Type R) owners. They’ve gotten very, very lucky.
You see, it’s practically impossible to depreciate one of these. Obviously, the pending release of the new Integra is only helping their case.
How much is an Acura Integra Type R?
With that in mind, let’s take a look at just how much a Type R flavored Integra would run you in-period, way back in 1998. Back then, it was $24,000 for one, about the cost of a brand new Toyota Corolla. However, adjusted for inflation, we’re looking at right around $40,000.
Oddly enough, that’s almost exactly what a new Honda Civic Type R costs. If I were a betting man, I’d be willing to bet that’s about how much the inevitable new Acura Integra Type R will run you. Now, if we take a look at Classics.com, we can see that the average sale price for one is $29,864. Yes, that’s below the market-adjusted MSRP, but go ahead and try to find one for sale for less than that. I dare you.
The O.G Integra Type R is a 8,500 RPM FWD masterclass
Ok, there might be a few, but all of the ones listed on Classics.com that sold for less than the average were some pretty beat up cars. That says a lot when your beater (if there is such a thing) Honda/Acura Integra Type R sells within a few grand of the market average. In fact, that’s almost unheard of, and it’s because you’re getting a lot for your money.
Well, except for in the power department. 195 hp and 130 lb-ft aren’t necessarily impressive numbers. Until you look at the car’s 2,500 lb curb weight. That’s what you want an Acura Integra Type R for. Lightness, handling, and a sky-high redline. Plus, you won’t be breaking every speed limit in the state by second gear.
How close will the 2022 Acura Integra get to the old one?
Frankly, it’ll be hard for the 2022 Acura Integra to follow that act. It’s almost impossible to make cars that light anymore (pesky pedestrian safety), and on top of that, Acura needs to come off as more luxe than Honda. Luxury adds weight. Let’s just hope that Acura’s luxury image doesn’t get in the way of what the new Acura Integra should be about.