Honda might be planning a spiritual successor to the Integra
It could be said that the Integra has become one of Honda's most iconic models. Whether it the Type R or the standard model, the car has something of a cult following. There are even those who say it's also one of the best cars Honda ever made.
However, the car hasn't been around since 2006, and it hasn't been replaced since. Not even a spiritual successor had been planned for decades. But that might just change soon. Honda's luxury division, Acura, has a “New Compact Sedan Type S” coming within the next two years. This is according to a document that recently leaked out.
But hold on, isn't the Integra a coupe? Well, that's the case for the last model, which was sold from 2001 to 2006. Before that, the Integra was also offered as a four-door sedan or, in its first generation, as a five-door liftback. As the (purported) leaked document said sedan, it just seems that coupes aren't on the agenda for the luxury marque anymore.
With that Type S tag, it hints at a compact performance car that could go up against the likes of the Audi S3 and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35. If that's the case, we might just see an updated version of the Civic Type R's 2.0-liter turbo engine to power the yet-to-be-named car. If Acura is gunning for that crowd, it could even have somewhere in the region of 300 to 320 PS, or even all-wheel drive. That said, nothing is set in stone at the moment, but the Type S designation sounds promising nonetheless.
There's also the question of its chassis. Will it be a heavily modified Civic platform or use much-shortened TLX/Accord underpinnings. Acura hasn't mentioned anything about it just yet, and the only way we'll know is if it will be launched in the first place. Should this leaked document be legitimate, this car would be an exciting addition to the range.
Of course, we'd love to see a high-revving coupe from Honda or Acura in the future, just like the Integra Type R.