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Car reviews - Honda - Integra - 3-dr hatch

Suspension

Honda logo28 Dec 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

AN all-new, "Control-Link" MacPherson strut front suspension design (pictured) was developed to combine the precise handling, stability and comfort of a double-wishbone layout - which the Integra previously had front and rear - with packaging efficiency to free up space within the engine bay. Compared with conventional strut designs, the front suspension is improved via a long control link that precisely varies toe change throughout the suspension's travel. Like the front suspension, the new double-wishbone rear suspension is designed to deliver high-performance handling, stability, ride comfort and increased space efficiency. Rear toe-in during braking improves stopping stability. The geometry arcs the tyres rearward when compressing over bumps to reduce road shock and provide a smoother, more comfortable ride. By enhancing the rigidity of the body, bearings, control arms and stabiliser bar, the rear suspension improves tyre-to-ground contact for better handling. The rear suspension uses less space than conventional double-wishbone systems because there is no trailing arm alongside the fuel tank. This allowed the relocation of the exhaust pre-chamber from the cabin floor to the rear - allowing for a wider rear cargo area and a flat floor.

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Handling improvements are also claimed courtesy of a stronger body, which has a 116 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and a 35 per cent increase in bending rigidity

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