Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999

Features

1999 Acura Integra

Test Drive: 1999 Acura Integra GS-R

   "Sporty and fun" describes the 1999 Acura Integra GS-R.

   A front-wheel drive vehicle, my test model was a two-door with hatchback with a rear spoiler and LED stop light.

   The Milano Red color was sharp, but I liked the leather interior look even more. The ebony leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift-knob and leather seat is standard now in all GS-R models. The 15" alloy wheels, aerodynamic styling, body-colored mirrors, side moldings and bumpers make the Integra a good-looking car.

   The GS-R has a 1.8-liter, 170 horsepower, DOHC, 16-valve engine with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC), Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), and enough other bells and whistles to result in 170hp at 7600rpm and 128lb.-ft. of torque at 6,200 rpm.

   Shifting is quick and responsive to acceleration with the specially designed 5-speed manual transmission. All Integra models have four-wheel Antilock Braking System (ABS) as standard equipment.

   The front seats are comfortable and provide great visibility. The instrument panel is recessed and is white on black and easy to read. Air conditioning is standard.

   The AM-FM cassette/CD with six speakers produced great sound. Power windows, power locks, cruise control, adjustable steering column, power sunroof with a sliding shade, and rear window wiper and defroster were just a few of my favorite standard features.

   The back seats are definitely for smaller people. The 50/50 split fold-down rear seat allows for more cargo space.

   The Integra is covered by a 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. The Acura Total Luxury Care benefit provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.

   This car is fun to drive and holds its value. And for the reader who wanted to know about domestic vs. foreign cars, the Integra is 5% U.S./Canadian parts and 95% Japanese. The final assembly point was in Japan and the port of entry was Los Angeles.

1999 Acura Integra 3DR GS-R