As the entry-level Acura, the Integra embodies all the virtues that have established Acura as one of the leading luxury import brands in the U.S. market. It features superb road manners and excellent handling, an advanced powertrain, an aerodynamic exterior shape and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit designed to make driving enjoyable and safe. The Integra, like all Acura automobiles, is dedicated to the proposition that driving is its own reward.
Concept and goals
The Integra Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan were designed to achieve:
- Spirited engine performance, with excellent acceleration, sporty, free-revving response and top-level smoothness and flexibility
- Crisp, precise handling with excellent driver feedback and steering response
- Distinctive, aerodynamic styling with high efficiency and low wind noise
- A rigid structure for accurate handling response, long-term durability, excellent corrosion protection and optimum occupant safety
- An intimate, highly ergonomic driving environment
The third-generation Acura Integra (introduced in 1994) features a number of technological innovations that enhance performance and handling and provide high levels of safety, durability, efficiency, comfort and ride quality. The Integra is available as a Sports Coupe or Sports Sedan. For 2001 the Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan come in three trim levels &emdash; LS, GS and GS-R. The ultra-high performance Integra Type R Sports Coupe also returns for 2001, and is discussed in detail in its own section.
The Integra has evolved and matured in its three generations. The Integra offers a comprehensive list of standard luxury, comfort and safety features. It features a standard driver’s and front passenger’s air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) in all models. Additionally, features such as an AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system, a power moon roof, windows, door mirrors and locks, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and a lumbar/height/tilt adjustment for the driver’s seat are all standard equipment.
Key performance features of the Integra include:
- 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine (LS and GS)
- 170-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, VTEC 4-cylinder engine (GS-R)
- 5-speed manual or an optional electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission with the sophisticated Grade Logic Control System (LS and GS)
- Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission (GS-R)
- Four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension
- Four-wheel disc brakes
- Variable power-assisted steering with rotary-valve steering gear
Key safety features of the Integra include:
- Standard driver’s and front passenger’s air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) on all models
- Standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
- 3-point outboard seat belts
- Projector beam headlights
- Side-impact door-protection beams
- Side-intrusion shoulder pads
Deeply rooted in NSX heritage, the 2001 Acura Integra line of Sports Coupes and Sports Sedans combine luxury and performance in an affordable and dependable package. For 2001, the Integra line, equipped with sporty engines and a fun-to-drive quotient few cars can match, offers Acura’s respected quality and outstanding value.
The Integra line is anything but entry-level, featuring an aerodynamically aggressive exterior, ergonomic interior, advanced powertrain and superb road manners. As one of the top-selling automobiles in its class for five consecutive years, Integra’s combination of sporty performance and excellent quality offers nothing short of a highly satisfying driving experience.
"From the inside out, the Integra benefits from the same Acura engineering and technologies that enhance the performance and handling in all of our vehicles," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, Acura division. "With an impressive powertrain and contemporary styling, the Acura Integra continues as a leader in its segment."
The third-generation, sporty 2001 Integras feature a number of technological innovations that enhance performance and handling and provide high levels of safety, durability, efficiency, comfort and ride quality. In addition to the high-performance Integra Type R Sports Coupe, the 2001 line offers three models &emdash; LS, GS and GS-R, with a choice of coupe or sedan body styles.
Integra LS and GS models are equipped with an all-aluminum 1.8-liter, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that produces a spirited 140-hp at 6,300 rpm and 127 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. Coupled to either a 5-speed manual or an optional, electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission, the LS and GS engines deliver lively response and excellent acceleration, along with smooth shift quality, while long-wearing platinum-tipped spark plugs also allow the Integra to travel 105,000 miles between scheduled tune-ups.
The Integra GS-R is ideal for the driving enthusiast who desires more power. The 1.8-liter, DOHC 4-cylinder has been massaged to produce 170-hp at 7,600 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,200 rpm. The Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC?) system, first applied in the NSX supercar, is at the heart of the GS-R’s power increase. This VTEC system enables the engine to produce generous low-end torque and outstanding high rpm power to ensure exceptional performance at any engine speed.
In addition, Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), a dual-stage intake system, and oil jet piston cooling are included to enhance the GS-R’s performance and dependability. Integra GS-R models are available exclusively with a performance-oriented, close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission.
At the heart of the Integra’s sporty handling is a sophisticated double wishbone suspension, variable power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and fade-resistant four-wheel disc brakes. All Integra models also feature a four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as standard equipment to help the driver maintain steering control under hard braking.
All Integras are equipped with a thorough list of standard comfort and convenience items, including a six-speaker AM/FM/CD music system, a high-capacity air conditioning system, power moonroof, power windows and door mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering column and a vehicle immobilizer anti-theft system as standard equipment. Environmentally conscious consumers will find that all Integras meet Transitional Low Emission Vehicle (TLEV) standards for tailpipe emissions.
To help ensure the security of its occupants, the Integra features a rigid unit-body structure with front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams and pads, dual airbags and 5-mph front and rear bumpers.
For 2001, all Integras will offer carpeted floor mats as standard equipment and the Integra Sports Sedans will feature an emergency trunk opener. In addition, four new exterior colors have been added to the line including Nighthawk Black, Satin Silver, Titanium and Ruby Red
The 2001 Integras, like all Acura vehicles, are covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.
Acura offers a full line of premium performance vehicles through a nationwide network of nearly 260 dealers. The Acura line up features six distinctive models including the exotic NSX supercar, the 3.5 RL flagship sedan, the best-selling 3.2 TL luxury performance sedan, the all-new 3.2 CL luxury performance coupe, the fun-to-drive Integra and the revolutionary MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.