lol these guys crack me up
You're trying to prove the Integra Type R doesn't compete with modern hot hatches by comparing it to the likes of the Audi RS3, Scirocco R and Focus RS?!?!?!
You're talking about AU $60k+ cars here (at least here in Oz) compared to the Integra which was AU $40k brand new, and is almost 20 years old. If the Type R could compete with those it would be an utter embarrassment.
How about you compare the Type R to a similarly priced modern car on a track - say a Focus ST, or a WRX. I would bet a 1999 Integra Type R would easily match those cars on a track, and probably beat them.
Now I am by no means a Honda fanboy - if anything I'm an Audi fanboy (I'd die for an Audi RS3 lol) but I still have absolute respect for Honda and what they were able to achieve in the 90's and early 2000's.
There is probably no other company on the planet that was able to achieve the level of performance Honda did with their Type-R models while still maintaining affordable price tags, top shelf reliability, great fuel economy, exceptional build quality, and affordable maintenance costs. It's an incredible feat, and something that speaks volumes of Honda's amazing engineering expertise.
Sadly today Honda has dropped off big time (like many manufacturers) but you have to respect what they achieved in the past.
Anybody who criticises Honda Type R models as "rice cars" or "slow" (or for any reason, for that matter) can only do so for reasons of