Acura Introduces New Integra, Internet Explodes

acura introduces new integra internet explodes

Last night’s unveiling of the new Integra in L.A. wasn’t a surprise, given the number of teasers released by Acura over the last few weeks. There was a general consensus it would be a four-door hatchback of some ilk, and would very likely share many parts with other members of the House of Honda.

The 2023 Integra (technically a prototype but we all know that 99.9 percent of this vehicle will make production) did indeed appear as a four-door hatch – thankfully not as a tall-riding crossover – complete with a turbocharged engine and manual transmission. This didn’t stop keyboard warriors bleating from the depth of their parent’s basement that “ThIs Iz NoT a ReEl AcUrA” thanks to the 2023’s abundance of doors compared to the 3rd-gen coupe everyone remembers.

Here’s a newsflash for all those nimrods: The Integra has always been available with four doors.

Sure, most of us fondly remember the 3rd-gen Type R, a machine that sells for exorbitant sums whenever one appears on Bring A Trailer. This trim represented but a small percentage of actual Integra production of course, with plenty of lesser four-door models making their way into the hands of John Q. Public. Some cars were even equipped with (gasp!) an automatic transmission! This is what last night’s naysayers conveniently forget, as they gaze back with rose-colored glasses to a time in which most of them weren’t even born; not all Integra models were the type raced by Ja Rule on his way to failing to secure a tasty ménage.

Anyway. Back to the car. The new 2023 Integra will be marketed as a premium sport compact, one which will surely be hucked as the first factory turbocharged Integra. A 6-speed manual transmission will be offered in concert with the 1.5-liter turbo mill, and pricing will start under $30,000. If you’re wondering, that Indy Yellow Pearl paint was indeed cribbed from the NSX, and boots on the ground have said Acura spox suggest that retro-esque name banner could be offered as an accessory if enough people ask for it.

Speaking of styling, Acura describes the Integra’s roofline as ‘dramatically sloping’ thanks to its hatchback design. We will note the strong character line on the side of the car, one which dips aggressively toward the front wheels once it reaches the front fender. This could be part of the reason why the Integra looks a bit taller than it actually is from some angles, particularly in full side view with no other vehicles nearby as reference tools. We’ll reserve final judgment until we see it in person.

No official power numbers were given, but it’s safe to assume there will be at least 200 horses under the hood since it shares bones with the new Civic Si. Torque should be in the same neighborhood as well. Look for a similar suspension setup as in the sporty little Honda such as fixed-rate dampers and brakes which outperform a standard Civic. Your author is also of the opinion that Acura will introduce a Type S variant within the next couple of years. Will it show up alongside the next Civic Type R and pack over 300 horsepower? We’ll have to wait and see,

The launch of the 2023 Acura Integra will mark the first time for Integra to be built in America when it begins mass production next year at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Set to be built on the same production line as the Acura TLX, Integra will join all-new Acura models sold in the U.S. in being built in Ohio.

No, it isn’t a coupe; get over it. We look forward to jumping behind the wheel next year.

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  • Tedward Tedward on Nov 14, 2021

    I dont know, Im exactly the person for who this kind of thing is good news and I'm not excited. We're replacing the GTI soon and this is definitely a gti competitor, far more so than the si. But...they didn't budget to do so with that drivetrain, and the rebadge is giving me more than a bit of 90s gm vibes. I know honda has always been indifferent and cynical towards acura, but this is a bit much. There's a big subjective difference between a 1.5 and 2.0t. They can easily run at power parity obviously, but there's no option but to give up some combo of rev range, linear pull, smoothness etc... The engine is a mistake that the civic version barely gets away with. All of the competitors at 30k have better drivetrains, regardless of how long ago they were released.

  • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Nov 15, 2021

    I'd rather have a Levorg. STI Sport EX please.

  • SCE to AUX It's not really a total re-badge since some of the body parts are unique, and the interiors are quite different.As I mentioned the other day, the Tonale has a terrible name and a dim future.As for the Alfa team - guess what, this is how corporate ownership works. You are part of Stellantis partly because you're not viable as a standalone business, and then your overlords decide what's shared among the products.By the way: That Uconnect infotainment system found in Alfas was originally a Chrysler product... you're welcome.
  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.