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2001 Acura Integra Type R and 2021 Honda Civic Type R: Did the Golden Era ever end?

We take a look at two of Honda's most beloved sports models from the last 20 years to see if they're really worlds apart.

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Kyle Hyatt

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Honda's performance cars have always punched above their weight class.

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No badge has signified that more than the legendary Type R.

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We were curious what 20 years of changing tastes and technology did to the Type R experience.

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Was the gulf between the current Civic Type R and the legendary Integra Type R so big?

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Did Honda's so-called "Golden Era" ever truly end?

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While the performance numbers make it look like there is a massive difference between the two, the driving experience says otherwise.

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Both cars are sharp, responsive and fun at the limit.

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Both are shining examples of how good front-wheel drive can be when done right.

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Both feel unbreakable and unflappable.

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Both deserve their Type R badge and the accompanying reverence.

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2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
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