1 Jul 1993
By the time the Mk3 Integra touched down in ’93, the coupe market was shrinking rapidly and smaller 4WDs were taking over.
Once again based on the concurrent Civic, this series Integra featured a pronounced wedge shape, unique quad headlight design and “cockpit” style wrap-around dashboard.
And now there were two models – the base 107kW 1.8L twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder GSi, and a high-performance VTi-R version that used the same engine, but with efficiency-improving variable-valve timing (VTEC) to boost engine power to 125kW.
Both offered a five-speed manual gearbox, but only the former also gave buyers a four-speed auto choice.
Beyond the GSi’s alloy wheels, central locking, power steering, power mirrors, sunroof and power windows, the VTi-R added a driver’s airbag (which the GSi received from mid-’94) and anti-lock brakes.
Both gained air-conditioning from early ’96, while a passenger airbag was fitted to the VTi-R then as well.
In November ’99 the VTi-R gave way to the extremely focused Type R, while the GSi carried on until the Mk7 Civic-based Integra surfaced in 2001.
There was no Mk6-Civic Integra derivative.