1992 Acura Integra GS-R 1.7L DOHC VTEC from North America
A rare bread of speed
The Cap and Rotor needed replacing after about 190,000 miles, But that's really it besides the normal wear ant tear. Pretty good in my book.
I am 100% in love with this car.
I bought it with high miles, and was amazed at the durability and handling.
It makes awesome horsepower for a mere 1.7L, and it red lines at 8,000 rpm, you can't beat that!
VTEC (Variable Timing Electronic Control) is an very wonderful thing.
I will be a Honda fan for life now after owning such a dream machine.
I am currently working on a turbo kit for this car, and I feel it has tons of potential. It is my belief that this car will never die, I will keep it forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th April, 2003
20th Oct 2003, 11:37
Good idea on the turbo, but I once owned a 1992.5 GS-R, and it was fairly strong, and I researched a turbo system with inter-cooler, and it would work. You MUST inter-cool it, because it is an all alloy block and head; heat will kill this motor. You have very little room for an inter-cooler and external waste gate, so internal is your only option. This motor (B17A1,2) was Honda's least reliable DOHC VTEC ever built. So low boost is key unless you do a fully modified rebuild (titanium, cold-forged steel, etc.).
So my recommendation is a B20 hybrid. It will fit, you have the second best head to put on top (vs. C16 head). You can get a long block B20 (from a CR-V or 92-96 non-VTEC Prelude) for around $1400. Then, sell the head and your bottom end, and get a port and polish and a weekend set aside, and you'll be pushing 220hp and about 180-190 ft-lb's of torque, or a mid 13 second car, all-motor Honda hybrid, Honda reliability, and fairly inexpensive. I feel this is the optimum choice.