Honda’s premium car division has just revealed the production version of its new sporty compact hatchback: the new Acura Integra 2023, which we had known in conceptual form last November. The new Integra replaces the ILX sedan in Acura’s lineup and brings back a name revered among Japanese sports car fans that has been unused for the last 10 years.
Like the ILX, the new Integra is based on the mechanics of the Honda Civic, this time obviously on the latest generation Civic, with whose Civic Si version it shares the celebrated 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 generating 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. It should be noted that the maximum torque is generated at a very low 1,800 rpm which gives the vehicle poise and a great starting force.
The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, with simulated shifting which can be manually actuated via steering wheel-mounted paddles. However, for those who still enjoy the pleasure of true manual shifting, Acura offers a six-speed manual transmission with automatic rev matching exclusively for the A-Spec trim with the Technology Package, which is actuated via a shift lever. short throw whose operation Honda has made an art.
Despite being based on it, the Integra differs from and outperforms the Civic Si in more than looks. For example, the Integra features a unique steering system and chassis tuning and can be equipped with adaptive dampers at the A-Spec level with the Technology Package, something you can’t get on the Civic Si. The Integra rides on 17-inch wheels, or 18-inch wheels when you go for the A-Spec trim, and there’s the option of 19-inch wheels that look great.
The new Acura Integra has Comfort, Normal and Sport driving modes on all trims, but the A-Spec with the tech package features a customizable Individual mode, where the driver can adjust various powertrain parameters to match your personal preference. The AcuraWatch Semi-Autonomous Driver Assistance Systems package is standard on all Integras, including: Automatic Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist. All Integras feature LED headlights and taillights, and a sunroof.
Those who know the current generation of the Honda Cvic will know how to recognize some familiar details such as the air conditioning outlets or some switches, but even so, the cabin of the integra is undeniably more luxurious. Its seats are lined in synthetic leather which have suede insects in the A-Spec version in which it also has exclusive color combinations. All Integras are equipped with a 7-inch with Android Auto compatibility and Apple CarPlay are standard. The A-Spec version has a 9-inch screen in which the compatibility with smartphones is wireless. The A-Spec variant with the Technology Package includes a 16-speaker ELS audio system, windshield-projected instruments and a wireless charging pad.
On pricing, Acura has only said the 2023 Integra’s starting price will be “around $30,000” from Acura, which is surprising for such a well-equipped standard car from a premium brand, but we understand Acura wants to be aggressive. in a market where crossover trucks, SUVs and pickups reign supreme over any other type of vehicle.