You are right I am sure the Type R is a formidable foe against the WRX. I look forward to running one soon.Originally posted by Dave99
Easier said than done. My WRX is fast off the line, but it's ponderously slow in 4th. 3rd is good, but 4th gear is too tall. Plus we don't have the AVCS (similar to VTEC) so our top end torque sucks ass. Ever wonder why the WRX torque curve plummets around 5500 - 6000 RPM? No AVCS + turbo not sized for extended RPMs. WRXes are gasping for air as intake airflow becomes very turbulent beyond 5500 RPM. WRX only has one cam profile. It truly bites.
Ever seen an Integra's torque curve? It's a small peak torque but there are two distinct peaks because of the two cam profiles. The torque remains relatively flat all the way through redline. HP continues to increase all the way to redline compared to WRX HP, which drops beyond 6500 RPM. Oh, and Integra Type R redlines ~8000 RPM while WRX redlines ~7000 RPM where all the power is being made.
I doubt that yellow Integra Type R was modified. That's what the Type R designation means - factory modded - NOT riced up. And it's a big friggin' difference compared to the normal RS or GS-R versions! I used to have an Integra and could have been convinced into an RSX Type S if the logical side of my brain hadn't intervened. I drove my buddy's Integra Type R and was amazed at the pull in higher rev ranges! Amazing. It handles way better than the WRX at high speed under power because it has a much more neutral balance and it also has a front limited slip differential. WRX desperately needs front LSD to reduce understeer under power!
I'd love to stomp all over the Integra Type R, but it's a worthy foe and there is no shame in owning one! They are fast so watch out.