Integra GS-R Debut Review

Integra GS-R review from back in the day.

By Aaron Gaghagen


It’s weird to think of a world in which the Integra GS-R didn’t exist. True, currently, Acura doesn’t sell an Integra GS-R or an Integra GS-R equivalent like the RSX Type S and that sucks, but they did at one time and that’s the important thing. Back then there were few sporty front wheel drive options that kicked as much ass as the Integra GS-R. Yes, there was the OG hot hatch in the GTi (spit!) and the D series powered CR-X and Civic Si hatchback, but they didn’t have the high revving DOHC VTEC power that has become the standard for Honda/Acura performance.


The Integra GS-R's double-wishbone suspension had been proven in Formula One racing cars. The design is compact, efficient and has excellent ride and handling characteristics, with great driver feel and flat cornering.


To put it into historical context we offer this MotorWeek Retro Review video from 1992 on the debut of the Integra GS-R. They said “it’s jewel-like powertrain is a tour de force in effort and output” and “a showcase of how properly applied racing technology can produce more from less.”



Although our Project 1993 Integra isn’t a GS-R, it does feature many of the same qualities that the Integra GS-R shares with all Integras of the same generation.


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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.