Acura brings back iconic Integra name for 2023 model year

If the Acura Integra could speak right now, it would only say two words: “I'm back.”

Honda's luxury and performance division Acura has officially revealed the fifth-generation Integra. After a 12-year hiatus, the production version looks mainly similar to the Integra prototype we saw back in November last year, which came out in a five-door liftback body style like the first-generation Integra from 1985.

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"The 2023 Acura Integra is serving the same role in the lineup as the original model that helped launch the brand three decades ago by bringing in the next generation of driving enthusiasts," said Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President of Acura National Sales.

Powering the fifth-generation Integra is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine that makes 200 HP and 260 Nm of torque. It is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission. If the power figures sound familiar, it's because the Integra shares the same engine with the Honda Civic Si.

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On the inside, the connection between the Integra and the Civic is more profound. It shares almost the same interior layout, with just a few differences with regard to dashboard trims and choice of upholstery.

Body-stabilizing and heated front seats wrapped in either Ebony, Red or Orchid-colored synthetic leather comes standard in the 2023 Integra, with an 8-way power seat adjustment for the driver's seat.

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For its infotainment system, there's a 10.2-inch Acura Precision Cockpit digital gauge cluster and a 7-inch digital touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Acura also announced the optional A-Spec and Technology package for the Integra, adding a host of exterior parts and upgrades in interior amenities. The A-spec performance package includes gloss black parts for the windows and trims on the front and rear fascia, a gurney flap on the rear deck lid, and LED foglamps on the exterior. Stainless steel pedals, red gauge needles, and contrast stitching are added to the interior of the Integra A-Spec.

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The Technology package bumps up the A-spec goodies even more, as the Integra gets adaptive dampers with Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes together with other settings that fine-tune the car's steering and engine response. Furthermore, interior upgrades such as a bigger 9-inch touchscreen, additional power seat adjustments for the front seats, and upgraded speaker systems make their way into the Technology package.

Collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist come standard together with a host of other driver assists and safety technologies in the Integra's AcuraWatch suite.

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The Integra will be built for the first time on US soil in Acura's Marysville, Ohio plant, joining other American-made models in Acura's lineup such as the TLX sports sedan, the RDX and MDX SUV, and the NSX Type S supercar.

Acura says deliveries of the 2023 Integra will start by Spring 2022, and the first 500 reservations will get a non-fungible token (NFT) of the vehicle.