Yep, the Acura Integra is again! Acura has offered limited info about the revival of its compact nameplate, and though we suspect it will exchange the ILX outright when it debuts in 2022, Honda’s luxury subsidiary has but to cough up any more handy info. Which is high-quality it implies we can fill the void with
baseless speculation educated guesses as to what variety the subsequent-generation Integra will take.
Even though we’re all excited about its resurrection, Autoblog is not a hive head, and each individual of us has a distinct plan of what a new Integra could (or ought to) be. Below are our normally takes, for whichever they are worth, which could easily be completely absolutely nothing.
Affiliate Editor Byron Hurd: Certainly, that is a photograph of a CR-Z design at Honda’s structure studio. Bear with me right here I guarantee I’m heading somewhere with this. Frankly, as amazing as it would be to see Acura just take the combat to the likes of the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, I are unable to aid but look at the (deficiency of) achievement of the ILX and surprise no matter whether there is certainly any hope for a little something so formulaic.
Though I am certain this will offend at least a handful of “purists,” I’d appreciate to see Honda leverage whatever equity the Integra nameplate has remaining to pivot its extra mainstream autos toward electrification. Sure, an all-wheel-travel take on a Civic Si or Type-R sounds actually neat, but how about an obtainable fastback coupe or sedan with a scaled-down variation of the NSX’s powertrain, flipped entrance-to-back? Foundation it on a more compact (turbocharged?) ICE, adhere the electrified axle in the rear, and voila. Ford has established that hybrids really don’t have to be costly heck, even the CR-Z was affordable back again in the day.
As bothersome as this notion may well feel to the trustworthy, contemplate this: The ILX was not a bust mainly because it was called “ILX.” Small sedans just are not worthwhile investments for automakers proper now, so as abhorrent as hybridization or electrification might appear to be, the alternate could quite nicely be a delicate crossoverification of the Integra nameplate. Does that seem additional captivating? Since I certain do not imagine so.
News Editor Joel Stocksdale: So, just as was the scenario with the Integra and even the ILX, I have no question the new Integra will be centered on the Honda Civic. And I think that will in all probability be a extremely very good factor. The new 11th-generation Civic seems to be as fantastic if not improved than the outgoing one, so add some nicer interior items and some sound-deadening, and it need to be a terrific, roomy entry-amount luxury option.
But what I’m most thrilled for is the probable for sporty Style-S iterations. My guess is that it would want to split the variance concerning the Civic Si and the Civic Type R. The finest way to do so would almost certainly be to use the turbo 2.-liter from the Accord, which can make 252 horsepower, nearly correctly slotting concerning the probably 200-horsepower Si engine and the 300-horsepower Style R motor. Acura could even go with the TLX variation that would make 272 horsepower, but they might want to hold a tiny place among the two sedans. And the 2.-liter engine must in shape in the chassis just good, due to the fact the Type R engine is a tweaked version of it.
I might also love to see SH-AWD look in this hypothetical Integra Form S. It would assistance additional independent it from the Honda edition, and it would be a fantastic promoting stage for a luxury car. It would most likely be enormously entertaining in these kinds of a small, agile offer. To have that excess torque-vectored rear force to bend the very little Integra around corners appears like an absolute blast. I would even be fantastic if it was automated-only.
Positive this is all speculation, but it is all doable without an outrageous amount of money of get the job done. As well as, all of this would have authentic marketability to true prospects, not just cheap-car or truck fans.
Highway Exam Editor Zac Palmer: I’m the Integra man on personnel. My first motor vehicle, which I still individual and cherish, is a 2001 Acura Integra GS-R. To say that I’m ecstatic for a new Integra would be an understatement. Acura has not had a small, cost-effective car directed toward enthusiasts for a lengthy whilst now (the ILX never ever did lower it) and that is just what I hope the new Integra ultimately is.
If I can be egocentric for a minute, my aspiration would be for this new Integra to be a a few-door hatchback, just like the 1 sitting down in my garage. That may possibly be a sales catastrophe in the generating, but it presses the nostalgia button difficult. A four-door sedan would be in holding with the rest of the luxury compacts out there, but Acura has a chance to set itself aside by building a little something way far more fascinating.
I’d also adore for there to be a Kind S product that is out there with a guide transmission. At the time once again, getting selfish, but a Form S with a slick Honda six-velocity would be the closest matter to replicating my 3rd-gen GS-R in spirit. The electricity quantities don’t want to be ludicrously large. Somewhere just beneath 300 horsepower feels about proper (260-280), thinking about the new Civic Type R is possibly heading to occur in with a handful of horses extra than its present 306 horsepower ranking. And when SH-AWD (or a hybrid helper as Byron implies) would be a neat twist, I’d truly like if Acura retained it to just front-wheel travel to hold the pounds and expense down. Furthermore, Honda has established with the Variety R it appreciates how to make entrance-wheel-generate cars that are just as pleasurable to travel as all-wheel-push models.
Acura presently revealed one retro contact with the “Integra” name stamped into the front bumper, and if that carries on in other places during the car’s structure, I’d appreciate it even more. Assuming that Acura will come by means of and sets this Integra on to the marketplace with the enthusiast in head, and it follows the craze of other new Acuras that are exceedingly fantastic to generate, I’m worried that I’m likely to want a single to park next to my Taffeta White 2001 instance.