Honda debuted the third generation model in 1993 in Japan. Acura followed in 1994. It had an unusual four headlight front end design which was dubbed “bug eyes” by some enthusiasts. Standard power from the B18B1 engine increased to 142 hp (105.9 kW), and the GS-R received the B18C1 engine, equipped with a dual-stage intake manifold and a displacement increase (from the second generation integra) from 1.7 liters to 1.8 liters, bringing power up to 182 hp (135.7 kW).
In 1998, Honda redesigned the Integra after the new Integra Type-R was released. In Japan the redesign had two more conventional looking headlights as the bug eye look had proven unpopular, outside Japan it had a slightly revised version of the four headlight front.
A Type R model was added for the 1995 model year in Japan and in 1997 in other markets, powered by a highly tuned, hand-finished variant of the GS-R’s engine. The JDM B18C Spec-R (B18C5 for USDM) equipped Type-R produced 197 hp (146.9 kW). Although it had an impressive rev limit, the Type R was still hampered by some criticism; its maximum torque output of only 133.8 lb·ft at 7500 rpm meant that the engine would have to be revved high to achieve the best performance. Although the engine’s “split personality” and unusually high capability to rev made it popular among hardcore enthusiasts, it cost the vehicle points in comparison tests where drivers noted that the vehicle was too hard-edged, loud and rev-hungry to be an easy daily driver. Although among many enthusiasts it’s considered to be the pinnacle of street race cars.