Yep, the Acura Integra is again! Acura has supplied restricted details about the revival of its compact nameplate, and whereas we suspect it would change the ILX outright when it debuts in 2022, Honda’s luxurious subsidiary has but to cough up any extra helpful info. That is wonderful; it means we will fill the void with
baseless hypothesis educated guesses as to what type the next-generation Integra will take.
Whereas we’re all enthusiastic about its resurrection, Autoblog isn’t a hive thoughts, and every of us has a distinct thought of what a brand new Integra might (or ought to) be. Listed below are our takes, for no matter they’re price, which might simply be completely nothing.
Affiliate Editor Byron Hurd: Sure, that is a photograph of a CR-Z mannequin at Honda’s design studio. Bear with me right here; I promise I am going someplace with this. Frankly, as cool as it could be to see Acura take the battle to the likes of the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA and BMW 2 Collection Gran Coupe, I am unable to assist however take a look at the (lack of) success of the ILX and wonder if there’s any hope for one thing so formulaic.
Whereas I am positive it will offend no less than a number of “purists,” I would like to see Honda leverage no matter fairness the Integra nameplate has left to pivot its extra mainstream automobiles towards electrification. Positive, an all-wheel-drive tackle a Civic Si or Kind-R sounds actually cool, however how about an accessible fastback coupe or sedan with a scaled-down model of the NSX’s powertrain, flipped front-to-back? Base it on a smaller (turbocharged?) ICE, stick the electrified axle within the rear, and voila. Ford has confirmed that hybrids do not should be costly; heck, even the CR-Z was low-cost again within the day.
As bothersome as this concept could seem to the trustworthy, think about this: The ILX wasn’t a bust as a result of it was referred to as “ILX.” Small sedans simply aren’t worthwhile investments for automakers proper now, in order abhorrent as hybridization or electrification could seem, the choice might very effectively be a delicate crossoverification of the Integra nameplate. Does that sound extra interesting? As a result of I positive do not assume so.
Information Editor Joel Stocksdale: So, simply as was the case with the Integra and even the ILX, I’ve little question the brand new Integra will probably be primarily based on the Honda Civic. And I believe that can in all probability be an excellent factor. The brand new Eleventh-generation Civic appears to be nearly as good if not higher than the outgoing one, so add some nicer inside items and a few sound-deadening, and it needs to be an excellent, roomy entry-level luxurious different.
However what I am most excited for is the potential for sporty Kind-S iterations. My guess is that it could want to separate the distinction between the Civic Si and the Civic Kind R. One of the simplest ways to take action would in all probability be to make use of the turbo 2.0-liter from the Accord, which makes 252 horsepower, nearly completely slotting between the possible 200-horsepower Si engine and the 300-horsepower Kind R engine. Acura might even go along with the TLX model that makes 272 horsepower, however they could need to hold a bit area between the 2 sedans. And the two.0-liter engine ought to match within the chassis simply wonderful, because the Kind R engine is a tweaked model of it.
I would additionally love to see SH-AWD seem on this hypothetical Integra Kind S. It will assist additional separate it from the Honda model, and it could be an excellent promoting level for a luxurious vehicle. It will in all probability be enormously entertaining in such a small, agile bundle. To have that additional torque-vectored rear push to bend the little Integra round corners feels like an absolute blast. I might even be wonderful if it was automatic-only.
Positive that is all hypothesis, but it surely’s all potential with out an outrageous quantity of labor. Plus, all of this is able to have actual marketability to precise prospects, not simply cheap-car lovers.
Highway Check Editor Zac Palmer: I am the Integra man on employees. My first automotive, which I nonetheless personal and cherish, is a 2001 Acura Integra GS-R. To say that I am ecstatic for a brand new Integra could be an understatement. Acura hasn’t had a small, reasonably priced automotive directed towards lovers for an extended whereas now (the ILX by no means did lower it) and that’s precisely what I hope the brand new Integra finally is.
If I may be egocentric for a second, my dream could be for this new Integra to be a three-door hatchback, identical to the one sitting in my storage. That could be a gross sales catastrophe within the making, but it surely presses the nostalgia button laborious. A four-door sedan could be in step with the remainder of the luxurious compacts on the market, however Acura has an opportunity to set itself aside by making one thing far more fascinating.
I’d additionally love for there to be a Kind S mannequin that’s accessible with a handbook transmission. As soon as once more, being egocentric, however a Kind S with a slick Honda six-speed could be the closest factor to replicating my third-gen GS-R in spirit. The ability numbers don’t have to be ludicrously excessive. Someplace slightly below 300 horsepower feels about proper (260-280), contemplating the brand new Civic Kind R might be going to come back in with a number of horses greater than its present 306 horsepower ranking. And whereas SH-AWD (or a hybrid helper as Byron suggests) could be a neat twist, I’d really favor if Acura stored it to only front-wheel drive to maintain the burden and value down. Plus, Honda has confirmed with the Kind R it is aware of the right way to make front-wheel-drive automobiles which are simply as enjoyable to drive as all-wheel-drive fashions.
Acura already revealed one retro contact with the “Integra” title stamped into the entrance bumper, and if that continues elsewhere all through the automotive’s design, I’d like it much more. Assuming that Acura comes by and units this Integra onto the market with the fanatic in thoughts, and it follows the pattern of different new Acuras which are exceedingly good to drive, I’m afraid that I’m going to need one to park subsequent to my Taffeta White 2001 instance.