Acura Integra Type S in Development, Could Make 300+ HP

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Traditionalists wept into their VTEC systems when Acura brought back the storied Integra nameplate on a – gasp! – four-door hatchback on the auto show circuit last year. Those people, of course, conveniently forget that’s precisely the body style in which the original Integra was hewn, to say nothing of the relief felt by many to see Acura slowly moving away from the moronic whateverX naming scheme they’ve deployed for two painful decades.

They had a point about performance, however. Acura seems set to right that wrong with an upcoming Integra Type S, packing 300+ HP and a six-speed manual, for the 2024 model year.

According to the company, the Integra Type S will be powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine producing "over 300 horsepower" and paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission. This should make gearheads grin, as will the revelation that ITS will be available with a limited-slip differential. 

In case you need a refresher, the existing Integra utilizes a double overhead cam 1.5L turbocharged four-banger producing 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque at just 1,800 rpm. That is an impressive 133.3 horses per liter in terms of specific output; at that measure, your author’s Challenger should make 760 ponies (hint: it doesn’t). The first customer deliveries of the Integra began on June 2nd this year, and the newly announced Type S is slated to appear this coming summer.

Readers who have had their morning coffee will note the obvious powertrain similarities between the Integra Type S and the Civic Type R. That car deploys all the tricks listed above, good for 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of twist. Will the Acura top the Honda? Depends on how much sibling rivalry there is in the company, and how much chest puffing is happening at boardroom tables. Acura is mum on price, as you’d expect, but a quick glance at the Honda build and price tool shows Civic Type R wears a sticker of $42,895, markups by greedy dealers notwithstanding. A six-speed Integra A-Spec currently costs $35,800 if you’re wondering.

This is the right direction for Acura. We all knew the brand was unlikely to shoot its entire shot at Integra’s debut, so hauling the covers off a hotter model a few months after the initial launch makes a lot of sense. Now, if we can get them to bring back names like Vigor and Legend, we’ll be in business.

[Image: Acura]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • VoGhost VoGhost on Dec 05, 2022

    I'm glad Acura is bringing this to market, but two concerns: (1) while I love a stick, most consumers don't and I think it's a mistake to ignore the wider market that can't drive one; (2) the market that Acura is really missing isn't 23 year olds with $50K to burn on a FWD small sedan. The market they're missing is for a nice small crossover. Put that beak grill, some leather and a decent powertrain in the HR-V already. Your dealers are starving for product they can sell, and you're missing out.

    • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Dec 06, 2022

      If you aren't a stickshift fan you probably don't care as much about a car like the R and Acura will happily steer you towards a lesser CVT equipped model.

  • Bobby D'Oppo Bobby D'Oppo on Dec 07, 2022

    I'm a huge fan of Honda's legendary (no pun intended) golden era 90's products, but I'm troubled by Acura's inability to keep pace with the competition through the past few generations when it comes to performance drivetrain and chassis tech. They so rarely deliver anything that properly challenges the best from zee Germans or even Lexus. It's great that their volume models still tend to stand among the strongest in their categories, but the way Honda/Acura continuously fails to deliver anything remotely exceptional for the the premium buyer is incredibly disappointing.

    The sports/luxury market drives innovation and also happens to be where the margins are. That the millions of people who grew up with Honda cars have been left with so few options when they're ready to graduate to something beyond a Civic with a hot motor, or a warmed-over CR-V with a few extra bells and whistles seems absolutely tragic.

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