March 9, 2022
The heralded Acura Integra and its performance trim the Acura Integra Type R helped kick-start a JDM craze that continues to this day. The Acura Brand was introduced when it launched as Honda’s luxury brand for the 1986 model year, the Integra immediately established itself as a Japanese version of the vaunted BMW 3 Series. Supplying the same light, lithe, and connected feel of a good European car combined with angular styling, unusual pop-up headlights, and a useful hatchback design – all backed by Honda’s reputation for reliability – the original Integra spawned an instant fan base.
By 1997, the front-wheel-drive Acura Integra was already leaving a mark on the import scene. It offered independent double-wishbone suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, and Honda’s signature VTEC. This changed how long the engine’s valves stayed open at different RPMs, letting the Integra be efficient at low RPMs, but generate a lot of power at higher RPMs.
For the first time in over 20 years, “The Integra is back,” Jon Ikeda, vice president of Acura, said in a statement. ”I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way.” Acura has said that the highly anticipated new Integra will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Civic Si, but the company hasn’t released a horsepower figure. We are expecting at least 200 hp from this mill and buyers will have the choice between a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will likely be the only setup, but the Integra will come standard with a limited-slip differential, and if rumors are to be true a racy Type S model will follow providing more power and performance.
With the Acura NSX saying farewell, the Integra will hold a special place in Acura’s lineup. It will be both its halo model and its entry-level model. The Integra will be a gateway performance car, and it will compete against the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz A Class, and BMW 2 Series, while also serving as the Acura lineup’s spiritual leader. The launch of the 2023 Acura Integra will mark the first time for Integra to be built in America at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Built on the same production line with the Acura TLX, Integra will join all new Acura models sold in the U.S. in being built in Ohio.
Inspired by past Integras including the original that helped launch the Acura brand in 1986, the 2023 Integra will become the new gateway performance model in the Acura lineup, a premium sport compact with an evocative five-door design and fun-to-drive spirit. The first-ever factory-turbocharged Integra will excite a new generation of enthusiast drivers with an available six-speed manual transmission, limited slip differential and high-output 1.5-liter engine, with VTEC® of course.
“The Integra is one of the most iconic models in Acura’s history,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “This new Integra, will continue to deliver on the original’s unique aspirational yet attainable market position, with emotional performance and style, combined with the versatility and utility sought after by today’s buyers.”
Designed in Japan, the new Integra’s bold exterior styling features a dramatically sloping roofline and liftback tailgate, giving it a distinct coupe-like road presence. A modern interpretation of the Integra line, the fifth-generation model displays trademark cues such as the embossed Integra name under the driver’s side headlight and passenger’s side taillight.
First seen on the Type S Concept, Acura’s new frameless Diamond Pentagon grille gives the Integra front a purposeful and sporty character. Acura’s unique lighting signature is updated with the “Chicane” LED daytime running lights now positioned above the Integra’s JewelEye® LED headlights, yielding an even more dramatic appearance.
Muscular rear wheel arches and aggressive rear fascia with dual-exhaust finishers emphasize Integra’s wide track. Inspired by previous Integra models, the distinctive rear styling features wide, single-piece taillights with matching “Chicane” light signature. Behind the Integra Prototype’s matte-finish 19-inch split-five spoke wheels are oversized Brembo™ high-performance brakes with color-keyed Indy Yellow calipers, providing incredible stopping power and an aggressive look.
The Integra Prototype’s striking Indy Yellow Pearl paint pays homage to Phoenix Yellow, offered on the iconic 2000-2001 Integra Type R. High-gloss Berlina Black accents have been applied to the Integra’s roof, decklid spoiler, mirror caps, rear diffuser and front grille. A lower-sill graphic boldly displays the Integra name across the side of the vehicle.
The Integra Prototype is a strong indication of the exterior design of the all-new 2023 Acura Integra. A new Integra is expected to start around $30,000 when it arrives later this year.Contact Us