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Here’s What The 2023 Acura Integra Needs To Have When It Debuts

The Acura Integra is Coming Next Year, and This is What it Needs to Dominate the Market

Japanese automakers are on a roll and we already know what the next car to make a return is. Acura already confirmed that it’s bringing back the Integra sometime in 2022 as a 2023 model. Although the name has achieved iconic status, the competition is tough, especially when it comes to revived Japanese names. With this in mind, here’s what the new Integra needs to have in order to be a proper contender.

The engine

Performance-Spec Acura TLX Type S Arrives With A V-6 And A $52,000 Price Tag Drivetrain
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Although most hardcore fans of the Integra would love to have a naturally-aspirated, high-revving, inline-four engine, the most obvious choice would be the 2.0-liter turbo-four unit found in the current Honda Civic Type-R. This means 316 horsepower (235 kilowatts) at 6,500 RPM and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm) at 2,500 to 4,500 RPM.

That said, the 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 found in the TLX Type S is not out of the question either, as we have no idea how the car is even going to look like at this point.

Moreover, Jon Ikeda – Acura Vice President – said that this is going to be a halo product.

Now that the NSX is gone, it wouldn’t make much sense for a four-cylinder-equipped vehicle to be the brand’s halo product, especially when they have the V-6-powered Acura TLX Type S.

On the other hand, the Integra also needs to be relatively affordable, so shoving a 3.0-liter V-6 engine in something that will supposedly be based on the Civic platform could make things expensive.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

Performance-Spec Acura TLX Type S Arrives With A V-6 And A $52,000 Price Tag Exterior
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The TLX Type S is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6
That delivers a total of 355 horsepower and 354 pound feet of torque

The original Integra was front-wheel-drive only. However, more and more carmakers are switching to all-wheel drive, since it allows for better power delivery. With this in mind, the next Integra can feature Acura’s SH-AWD system, which is able to send up to 70 percent power to the rear axle and up to 100 percent to each rear wheel.

Fun fact: a while back, footage of a rally-prepped all-wheel-drive Civic popped up on the internet. This turned out to be a Rallycross car, based on the current Civic. With this in mind, Honda and in turn Acura may choose to utilize the SH-AWD system on a road-going car smaller than the TLX. In addition, Acura’s SH-AWD system is one of the features that sets Acura apart from Honda, so it would make sense for the new Integra to feature all-wheel drive.

It needs to have the option of a manual gearbox

2021 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition - Driven Interior
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The Integra is praised by many as the ultimate front-wheel-drive sports car. As such, driver engagement is a key aspect. One that comes with the option of a manual gearbox and three pedals.

This goes especially for a Type S or a Type R version. The original DC2 Integra had a close-ratio five-speed manual, which was real bliss. Should Acura give the upcoming Integra a manual, it will probably be the one used in the Civic Type-R.

It almost goes without saying that the 2023 Integra will be offered as an automatic too. It will either be the eight-speed DCT or the 10-speed automatic.

A coupe and a sedan option

Here's What The 2023 Acura Integra Needs To Have When It Debuts Exterior
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Most people remember the high-performance variants based on the coupe version of the Integra. With this in mind, there definitely needs to be a coupe version. However, compact performance sedans are, once again, becoming a thing and Acura would be wise to capitalize on that. Moreover, it would be a proper homage to the original Integra, which also came in both sedan and coupe forms.

Competitive pricing

Here's What The 2023 Acura Integra Needs To Have When It Debuts Exterior
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The Integra was Acura’s entry-level model since it first came out in 1986. As such, it needs to be priced accordingly. It would make sense for a base version to start at around $27,000, while the top-of-the-line performance model should not exceed the $40,000 mark.

Conclusion

At the moment of writing this article, we only know that there will be a new Integra sometime in 2022. What little we’ve seen of the car suggests that it will have the new signature headlight design, as well as the grille, we’ve seen on the Acura TLX. At this point, we are not even sure, which platform it will be based on, although a compact sports coupe/sedan from Acura would make sense to share a platform with the current Honda Civic and Acura ILX, respectively.

Source: Kirk Kreifels

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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