When Acura announced last year they were going to bring back the Integra name, it generated plenty of hype, particularly with enthusiasts who have longed for its return. When they officially launched it earlier this year, fans and enthusiasts were somehow divided.
While it was nice to see the Integra make a comeback, some felt it was a rather half-baked attempt by Acura. Sure, the exterior looks every bit like an Acura, but the cabin is essentially borrowed from the all-new Civic. Even the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo is shared with the Civic Si as it makes 200 PS with 260 Nm of torque. Transmission options, on the other hand, include a 6-speed manual and a CVT.
Fast forward to the tail-end of 2022, and Acura has made a surprising announcement – they will be launching a more powerful version of the all-new Integra. Simply dubbed the Integra Type S, it's set to join the lineup for the 2024 model year and will produce over 300 PS.
That's right, the Integra Type S will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC engine derived from the all-new Civic Type R. While official output figures have yet to be revealed, it will likely crank out similar figures as the US-spec Civic Type R which puts out 320 PS and 420 Nm of torque. Last but not least, it will be coupled to a good ol' 6-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
As for the rest of the vehicle, Acura is not yet ready to take off the camouflage livery. However, the more powerful Integra Type S will come with larger alloy wheels painted black, three massive center tailpipes reminiscent of the Civic Type R, and rear diffuser, and a more aggressive front bumper.
For enthusiasts who still find the Civic Type R's looks too edgy, perhaps the Acura Integra Type S will offer a more mature-looking design while still sporting a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo under the hood.