Honda Integra

The Honda Integra (Japanese: ホンダ・インテグラ, Hepburn: Honda Integura), marketed in North America as the Acura Integra, is an automobile produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda from 1985 until 2006, and then since 2021. It succeeded the Quint as a more luxurious and sport-oriented derivative of the Civic. The Integra was one of the launch models for Acura in the US in 1986 alongside Acura Legend.[2] Throughout its life, the Integra was highly regarded for its handling and performance. The 1995–2001 DC2 Integra Type R is widely regarded as one of the best front-wheel-drive cars of all time.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Honda Integra
1993-1997 Honda Integra GSi coupe (2011-04-28) 01.jpg
1993–1997 Honda Integra GSi (DC2)
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
Also calledHonda Quint Integra (Japan, 1985–1989)
Honda Civic (China, 2021–present)
Acura Integra (US, Canada 1985–2001, 2022–present)
Acura RSX (2002–2006)
Rover 416i (1985–1989)
Production1985–2006
2021–present (Chinese market: Honda Integra)
2022–present (North American market: Acura Integra)
Model years1986–2006
2023–
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant, 1985–2006)
China: Guangzhou (Guangqi Honda, 2021–present)
United States: Marysville, Ohio (Marysville Auto Plant, 2022–present)
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car (C)
Body style3-door liftback coupé (1985–2006)
4-door sedan (1985–1989, 2021–present)
4-door pillared hardtop sedan (1989–2001)
5-door liftback (1985–1989, 2022–present)[1]
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel drive
Front-engine, four-wheel drive
Chronology
PredecessorHonda Quint
Acura ILX (for North American 2022 model)
SuccessorAcura EL (Canada, for third-generation sedan)
Acura ILX (United States and Canada, for third-generation sedan)
Honda Civic Coupé (for DC5 model)
Honda Civic Type R (for Type R model)
Honda Fit Aria (for Integra SJ)

Car and Driver magazine named the Integra to its annual Ten Best list six times: in 1987, 1988, and 1994 through 1997. The GS-R model was called out specifically in 1994 and 1995. It made a return on the Ten Best list as the Acura RSX, in 2002 and 2003.

The Integra nameplate was revived in 2021 after a 16-year hiatus.[11][12]

First generation (1985)Edit

Series AV, DA1-DA4
 
Overview
Also calledHonda Quint Integra
Acura Integra
Rover 416i
Production1985–1989
Model years1986–1989
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door liftback coupé
4-door sedan
5-door liftback
RelatedHonda Concerto
Powertrain
Engine1.5 L EW5 (DA2)
1.6 L ZC (DA1 & DA3)
1.6 L D16A1 (DA1 & DA3)
1.5 L D15A1 (DA4)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase3-door: 2,450 mm (96.5 in)
4/5-door: 2,520 mm (99.2 in)
Length3-door: 4,285 mm (168.7 in)
5-door: 4,355 mm (171.5 in)
4-door: 4,380 mm (172.4 in)
Width1,665 mm (65.6 in)
Height1,290 mm (50.8 in)

This vehicle debuted in Japan in February 1985 as the Honda Quint Integra, available only at Honda's Japanese dealership sales channel Honda Verno before going on sale a year later in North America as part of the then-new luxury Acura lineup. The three-door liftback was the only model available originally, with a five-door arriving in October 1985. The four-door saloon bodystyle became available in Japan in the autumn of 1986.[13] Only the liftback versions were sold in the U.S. A 1.6 L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine powered most versions. The engine was the vehicle's most publicized feature, as DOHC, multi-valve engines were not commonplace in entry-level models at the time. In most European countries, only the five-door liftback was offered, as a replacement for the Honda Quint. Typically for European Integras, only the 1.5-liter 85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp) 4 Weber carburetors engine was available. The five-door liftback model was also sold in Australia rebadged as the Rover 416i. Except for in Britain, Honda did not offer the more powerful 1.6 DOHC fuel injection engine (in the UK known as the Integra EX16) in Europe. The ZC engine was also shared with the Honda Concerto, which was sold at newly established Japanese dealership sales channel called Honda Clio, which sold luxury oriented products like the Honda Legend.

 
Honda Integra (DA3) SX16 3-door sport coupe (Australia)
 
Acura Integra five-door (US)
 
Rover 416i (Australia)

In Japan, while the VX- and RX-trimmed four-door (DA2)[14] used the 1.5 L EW5 engine, all other model and trim combinations offered only the DOHC ZC engine, with a carburetor on GS, ZS, and LS trim packages, and PGM-FI on the top level GSi three- and five-door, and the RSi three-door trim package. Vehicles installed with a carburetor earned 15.4 km/L (44 mpg‑imp; 36 mpg‑US) in Japanese Government emissions tests and 115 PS (84.6 kW; 113.4 bhp), and 26 km/L (73 mpg‑imp; 61 mpg‑US) at consistent speeds above 60 km/h (37.3 mph). Vehicles with PGM-FI earned 14.4 km/L (41 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US) in Japanese Government emissions tests with 135 PS (99.3 kW; 133.2 bhp), and 24.5 km/L (69 mpg‑imp; 58 mpg‑US) above 60 km/h (37.3 mph).[15] In Japan, the Integra took the entry level marketing position at Honda Verno, below the sporty Prelude and larger, luxury focused Vigor.

Compared to the US, the European Integra was aimed downmarket and generally lacked equipment, with neither trim level (LX or EX) offering painted bumpers, central locking, power windows, nor air conditioning, even though a small number of fully equipped, left-hand drive fuel-injected Integras were sold in the Netherlands. The Integra EX16 did offer a sunroof, painted bumpers, a rear spoiler and Hi-Fi stereo equipment, but neither electric windows, central locking nor air conditioning were available. This was considered as a drawback to its European competitors such as the Peugeot 309 1.6 injection and the Renault 11 Turbo, that all could be equipped with comprehensive, albeit expensive, equipment. The first Integra never became as popular in Europe as it did in the US, but was praised by most motor magazines for its styling and overall road performance. The styling reflected the popularity of Honda's performance coupe, the Honda Verno sports coupe companion Honda Prelude, with the Integra offering a coupe for added cargo accommodation, and a slightly smaller appearance to the larger Honda Vigor. Largely unencumbered by emissions regulations, British market cars produce 85 PS (63 kW) in the 1.5 and 125 PS (92 kW) in the 1.6-liter EX16.[16]

Being designed as the successor of the Honda Quint, the Integra is closely related to the Civic, although it featured a small list of key upgrades over its smaller stablemate to help merit a price increase over the CRX Si, which was otherwise the sportiest subcompact vehicle being offered by Honda Verno; enlarged 4-wheel disc brakes replaced the small front-disc/rear-drum setup used by the Civic and CRX, suspension calibration was re-worked, better tires were used and a 113-hp DOHC fuel-injected 16-valve engine was used in place of the SOHC unit from the CRX Si. Just like the Prelude and the Vigor of that period, the Integra featured sleek, sporty pop-up headlights, like its Japanese dealership Honda Verno stablemates, with the CRX adopting semi-concealed doors over the headlights. Nearly 228,000 units were sold during the four-year run of the first-generation model, most of them in the United States.

The first-generation Acura Integra came with 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder (D16A1) engine which received an update mid-cycle. The 86–87 engine is commonly called the "Browntop" while the 88–89 engines are referred to as the "Blacktop" due to the color of their valve covers. The improvements in the "blacktop" engine included lighter rods, domed pistons for slightly higher compression, and an electric advance distributor (the "browntop" came with a vacuum advance distributor). The overall gain in performance was about 5 hp (3.7 kW) for 118 hp (88.0 kW).

The Integra received a minor facelift for the 1988 model year which featured slightly reshaped indicator lights, an improved climate control system and an update of the instrument clocks. In Europe, the Integra five-door Liftback was discontinued in October 1989 following the launch of the Rover-based Honda Concerto.

This was the only generation to offer 3-, 4-, and 5-door models. Production of the 5-door liftback ceased in 1988.[17]

Second generation (1989)Edit

Series DA5-DA9, DB1-DB2
 
Overview
Production1989–1993
Model years1990–1993
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door liftback coupé
4-door pillared hardtop sedan
RelatedHonda Civic
Honda Domani
Rover 400
Rover 200
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L ZC (DA5 & DA7)
1.6 L B16A (DA6 & DA8)
1.8 L B18A1 (DA9 & DB1)
1.7 L B17A1 (DB2)
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
WheelbaseCoupe: 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Sedan: 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
LengthCoupe: 4,390 mm (172.8 in)
Sedan: 4,485 mm (176.6 in)
Width1990: 1,712 mm (67.4 in)
1991–92: 1,715 mm (67.5 in)
(Japan only) 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1990 Coupe: 1,325 mm (52.2 in)
1990 Sedan: 1,340 mm (52.8 in)
1991–92 Hatchback: 1,270 mm (50.0 in)
1991–93 Sedan: 1,285 mm (50.6 in)
Curb weight1,160–1,202 kg (2,557–2,650 lb)
Liftback
Sedan (modified)
Integra DA5 liftback

The second generation Integra was introduced in April 1989, featuring the first VTEC engine ever manufactured by Honda (the B16A). For North America's GS-R only, the B17A1 engine is a 1.7-liter DOHC VTEC naturally aspirated engine with a specific power output of 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp). VTEC engagement is at 5,500 rpm on the B16A engine, redline for the XSi is 8,200 rpm. All Japanese models remained exclusive to Honda Japanese dealership network called Honda Verno.

There were two variants of the top DOHC VTEC model, the RSi, and the XSi. The RSi was the base model with a lighter weight thanks to wind-up windows, no rear spoiler and few options. Early RSi models also featured the S1 gearbox with slightly closer gear ratios than the Y1 fitted to the XSi. The XSi was the fully optioned variant with climate control and optional sunroof and ABS. The XSi had a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time of 7.2 seconds and can complete a standing quarter mile in 15.1 seconds. This top spec DOHC VTEC model was complemented by more docile models that used dual-carburetor or PGM-Fi versions of the versatile ZC engine but in the more compact SOHC configuration. Similarly there were base and full options variants of these SOHC engine Integras coded RX/RXi and ZX/ZXi respectively. All vehicles sold in Japan had their width dimensions slightly reduced so as to be in compliance with Japanese government regulations concerning exterior dimensions so that the car would be officially recognized as a "compact" and not incur yearly taxes for being wider. In October 1991, the range received a mild facelift. At the same time, a 1.8-liter version of the 4-door hardtop was made available in Japan. Called the ESi, it offered 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm and was only available in conjunction with a 4-speed automatic transmission.[18] At the same time, the VTEC was upgraded and now had 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp).

This generation saw the discontinuation of the 5-door liftback, and the first availability of a 4-door sedan outside Japan. The new hardtop bodystyle reflected a popular trend in Japan of offering an entry level sedan, such as the Civic-based platform the Integra used, in a reduced height 4-door hardtop. The Integra sedan saw competition from the similarly sized Toyota Corolla Ceres, the Toyota Sprinter Marino, the Nissan Presea, and the Mazda Lantis. The sedan was only styled to look like a hardtop. The vehicle retained the B-pillar, while the doors were constructed without window frames. This styling carried over to the third generation sedan, and shared visual similarities to the Honda Verno larger companion, the Honda Vigor.

The then-Emperor of Japan, Akihito, until he discontinued driving shortly after his 85th birthday, maintained a gray 1991 Integra sedan with the 1.6 L engine, and regularly drove within the boundaries of the Imperial Palace.[19]

North American marketEdit

 
Acura Integra RS
 
Acura Integra rear

In North America, the Integra was sold under the Acura nameplate. Acura offered three trim levels (RS, LS and GS) for 1990 and 1991 model years and added a fourth trim level (GS-R) beginning in May 1992. Model choices consisted of a 3-door liftback and a new 4-door sedan. All trim levels were available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission except for the GS-R which was only offered in a 5-speed manual with shorter gearing than other trim levels.

GS-REdit

For the 1992 and 1993 model years, Acura offered a GS-R model. The GS-R liftback came only with a 5-speed manual transmission and 1.7-liter B17A1 4-cylinder DOHC VTEC engine with 160 hp (119 kW). The GS-R model came with a rear spoiler and 195/60/VR14 tires and alloy wheels.

The GS-R model is rare with less than 5,000 of the 1992–1993 model years Acura Integra GS-R were produced for North America, this is confirmed by the vehicle identification number sequence of these cars. Using this information, the production numbers of the GS-R via vehicle history reports are determined.[20] The North American production breakdown was reported as follows:[20]

Country MY 1992 MY 1993 Total
US 3,118 850 3,968
Canada 602 255 857
Total 3,720 1,105 4,825

Third generation (1993)Edit

Series DB6-DB9, DC1-DC2, DC4
 
Overview
Production1993–2001
Model years1994–2001
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door liftback coupé
4-door pillared hardtop sedan
Layoutfront-wheel drive
all-wheel drive (DB9 only)
RelatedHonda Civic
Honda Accord
Honda Prelude
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L SOHC ZC (DB6, DB9, DC1)
1.8 L DOHC B18B (DB7, DC4)
1.8 L DOHC VTEC B18C (DB8, DC2)
Transmission5-speed close ratio manual
4-speed automatic (with 2,400 rpm torque converter)
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in) (Liftback)
2,620 mm (103.1 in) (Sedan)
Length4,380 mm (172.4 in) (Liftback)
4,395 mm (173.0 in) (Liftback, AU/NZ)
4,425 mm (174.2 in) ('00–'01 Liftback GS-R)
4,525 mm (178.1 in) (Sedan)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in) (all Japan models, '94–'96 Liftback international)
1,710 mm (67.3 in) ('98–'01 Liftback international)
Height1,290 mm (50.8 in) ('94–'95 Liftback)
1,335 mm (52.6 in) ('96–'01 Liftback)
1,320 mm (52.0 in) ('98–'99 TypeR)
1,325 mm (52.2 in) ('94–'96 Sedan)
1,370 mm (53.9 in) ('96–'01 Sedan)
Curb weight1,105 kg (2,436 lb) (Liftback, Manual)
1,125 kg (2,480 lb) (Liftback, Auto, AU/NZ)
1,175 kg (2,590 lb) (Liftback, Auto)
1,177 kg (2,595 lb)

Honda debuted the third generation model in 1993 in Japan at Honda Verno locations. It had an unusual four headlight front end design which was dubbed "spider eyes" by some enthusiasts.[citation needed] Standard power (in Japan) from the B18B engine increased to 187 hp (139 kW; 190 PS). In the U.S., the B18B1 produced slightly higher power due to higher compression pistons being used. The top model was known in Japan as "Si", and it was powered by a B18C engine with a power of 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS) VTEC. The four headlight front end design, or "spider eye" headlights, proved controversial in Japan, so all JDM Integras were given a minor facelift in 1995 with more conventional elongated flat headlights and a revised front bumper. The top model was relabeled as the Integra SiR.

This generation Integra was generally not available in Europe, although some markets such as Greece did receive this model. Those cars were fitted with a 104 hp (78 kW; 105 PS) version of the 1590 cc ZC engine.[21] From 1998 onward, non-JDM Integras (including Type R models) received a facelift to the front bumper which moved the embossed "INTEGRA" label to below the left headlights, eliminated the horizontal strut across the radiator grille and reshaped the headlight housing, turn signal housing and lower bumper.

Dealer-installed options for the third generation Integra included: security system, 15-inch alloy wheels, trunk mat, splash guards, fog lights, rear-wing spoiler, sunroof (liftback only), CD changer, leather seats, leather shift knob and leather steering wheel.

USDM trim levels were as follows:

 
Acura Integra

RS: Rally Sport was available in both liftback and sedan. There was no sedan available in 1998. Model dropped in 1999. In 1994 Equipped with the B18B1 DOHC engine putting out 195 hp (145 kW; 198 PS) and 137 lb⋅ft (186 N⋅m) of torque. RS models were the predecessor to the type R model that was released in 1997. In 1995, power ratings dropped to 148 hp (110 kW; 150 PS) and 124 lb⋅ft (168 N⋅m) of torque due to U.S. emissions regulations. Standard features were a cassette player, rear window defroster, and tilt steering wheel. Cassette player replaced with CD player in 1997. The RS models as well as Type Rs did not come with sunroofs as an option, while the LS, SE, GS, and GS-R sub-models did.

LS: Luxury Sport, was available in both liftback and sedan a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.[22]

SE: Special Edition, was available in both liftback and sedan starting from 1995. The trim was only available in 1995 and 1996 model years until they were changed to be named the GS in 1997. From the LS, it added leather seats, alloy wheels on all years, and a rear wing spoiler (optional).[22]

GS: Grand Sport, was available in both liftback and sedan starting from 1997. Same standard features as the SE. Including a rear spoiler.[22]

GS-R: Grand Sport Racing, was available in both liftback and sedan. Equipped with the 1.8 liter DOHC VTEC (B18C1) engine outputting 170 hp (127 kW; 172 PS) and 128 lb⋅ft (174 N⋅m) of torque. It came equipped with a rear spoiler, 6-speaker stereo and 195/55/VR15 tires and alloy wheels. An automatic transmission is an option in certain markets for this car.[22]

Integra Type REdit

 
1995–1998 JDM Honda Integra Type R
 
1995–1998 JDM Honda Integra Type R rear
 
USDM Acura Integra Type R

In 1995, Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese domestic market.[23] The Type R came standard with a 197 hp (147 kW; 200 PS) (figure may vary in different countries, 195 hp (145 kW; 198 PS) USDM, 187 hp (139 kW; 190 PS) UKDM) factory-tuned variant of the B18C engine. Equipped with a close ratio 5-speed manual transmission and a Helical LSD, the DC2 Integra Type R had significantly improved performance and handling relative to the GS-R/Si/SiR-G Integra.

These were the result of extensive changes, including a strengthened chassis with extra spot welds and thicker metal around the rear shock towers and lower subframe, weight reduction (reduced sound insulation, 10% thinner windscreen, lighter wheels), more power, rev limiter set at 8,600 rpm JDM (8,500 rpm USDM, 8,700 rpm UKDM), hand built engine featuring hand-polished and ported intake ports, high compression pistons, undercut valves and revised intake and exhaust systems, and suspension upgrades. The result was a capable sports liftback which was acclaimed by motoring journalists worldwide. The JDM version was significantly lighter than the SiR Integra (The 96–97 spec model could delete the air bags, A/C, rear wiper, radio, center console, clock, P/S and ABS), However, there is only a 33 lb (15 kg) net weight difference between the USDM Integra Type R and the Integra GS-R because the extra metal and cross bracing in the Type R negate much of the 98 lb of weight reductions. The DC2 Type R was the only Type R ever sold in North America with the Acura badge. For the European, Australian and New Zealand market the DC2 was sold as a Honda with the four headlight front end design.

The JDM DC2 Type R received significant upgrades in 1998 and is known as the '98 Spec R. Some of the main changes were a redesigned rear bumper, 16-inch wheel with 215/45R16 tires, 5-lug nut wheel hubs and bigger brakes. Gear ratios for the final drive were higher, making 1st to 3rd gears closer, while 4th and 5th were longer to maintain the '96 Spec cruising comfort. The engine power remained the same, but use of a new 4–1 long tube header brought torque lower down to 6,200 rpm.

A final revision of the JDM DC2 Type R known as the '00 Spec R included a revised intake camshaft, and more finely balanced drive shafts. A final trim version offered in mid-2000 onwards for the JDM market (known as the "Type Rx") came factory fitted with motorized folding mirrors, dashboard clock, blue-hue carbon trim interiors, and an audio system as part of the standard package. it also included a hash pocket in the center console.

  • Edmund's Insideline tested a 12-year-old stock Type R: 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.8 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.9 seconds @ 95.2 mph.
  • Motor Trend clocked the Type R at: 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.2 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.8 @ 96.3 mph.
  • Sport Compact Car clocked the Type R at: 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds, 1/4 mile in 14.5 @ 96 mph.

In Japan, the Integra is revered as one of the best sports cars of the '90s. On Japanese car review show “Best Motoring” the Integra Type R punched well above its weight competing with fastest 4WD Turbo cars of the time, the Nissan Skyline GTR[24] and the Subaru WRX STI.[25]

It has been acclaimed by motoring journalists worldwide, including Evo magazine, which named the Type R 'the greatest front-wheel-drive performance car ever', and TheAutoChannel.com, which similarly called it 'the best handling front-wheel drive car ever'.[26]

Four-wheel Drive Integra (DB9)Edit

The third generation also saw the production of a four-wheel drive option. Available only in the four-door sedan, the ZXi4WD[27] (93–95) and Xi4WD[28] (95-00) had 1.6L SOHC ZC engines coupled to a version of Honda's Real Time 4WD.

Integra SJ (EK3)Edit

 
Honda Integra SJ
 
Honda Integra SJ
 
Isuzu Vertex (Thailand)

The Integra SJ (standing for "Sedan Joyful") was a rebadged Civic Ferio, (a Honda Primo product) with modified headlamps and grille similar to the Orthia's and slightly larger rear lights that were also utilized on the Japanese market Civic LEV sedan. The Integra SJ was sold in Japan at Honda Verno dealerships. It originated from the Honda Domani, another derivative of this vehicle sold at Honda Clio locations. It was made from 1996 to 2001, and used the 1493 cc D15B engine. Honda's press material of the time indicated that the SJ was intended to provide a "formal sedan" for the Integra range; another reason may have been to sell Ferios using a more sporting model name at Honda Verno dealerships in Japan, as was the case with the Nissan Laurel Spirit.

In Thailand, the Integra SJ was sold as the Isuzu Vertex, the last Isuzu passenger car ever for that market. It followed Isuzu's practice of selling Honda models as Isuzus which started with the Gemini; with Honda also selling Isuzu's sport utility vehicles in Japan and North America (some as Acuras in the latter market), and pickup trucks in Thailand.

Theft in the United StatesEdit

In 2004, CCC Information Services named the 1999 Integra as the most stolen car in the United States, with the 1998 model year of the car listed as the third-most stolen model for that year.[29] In 2014, LoJack named the Integra as the sixth most stolen car among vehicles equipped with their car tracking service.[30]

Fourth generation (2001)Edit

Series DC5
 
Overview
Also calledAcura RSX
Production2001–2006
Model years2002–2006
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door liftback coupé
Powertrain
Engine2.0 L K20A, K20A2 (02-04), K20A3, K20Z1 (05-06)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,570 mm (101.2 in)
Length4,397 mm (173.1 in)
Width1,724 mm (67.9 in)
Height2002–04: 1,400 mm (55.1 in)
2005–06: 1,394 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight2,790 lb (1,266 kg)
 
Honda Integra DC5 Type R
 
Honda Integra Special Edition coupe

The fourth generation Integra was introduced in Japan on April 13, 2001 and produced from July 2001 until August 2006. For North America (United States and Canada), it was introduced as the Acura RSX in accordance with Acura's new alphabetical naming scheme. It also had an entirely new engine, the K-series. The Integra came in two models in the United States, the RSX and the RSX Type-S boasting the K20A2 engine from 2002 to 2004, while the 2005 and 2006 RSX-S came with a K20Z1. The RSX was sold as a Honda Integra in Japan and Australia, markets where Acura did not exist.

In March 2006, Honda announced that the Integra would be discontinued in June after its final 300 cars were sold, due to the shrinkage of the coupe market. The reaction of the consumers towards the discontinuation, however, forced Honda to extend production until July 2006 and produce 150 more Integras. The Acura RSX was discontinued as well, as the RSX did not fit within the confines of Acura's re-structured market strategy. This left the Acura TSX as Acura's entry-level vehicle. Also, the introduction of the similarly powerful and less expensive 2006 model-year Honda Civic Si was there to fill in the gap left by the RSX.

The DC5 Type R (Japanese market only) comes standard with a K20A 220 hp (164 kW) 2.0 L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. The "i" in i-VTEC stands for intelligent VTEC, which employs VTC (Variable Timing Control) to advance or retard the intake cam timing within a 50 degree range. The Integra Type R comes equipped with Recaro seats, four-piston Brembo front brakes, a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, variable back-pressure exhaust system, and a stiffer suspension.

Fifth generation (2022)Edit

ChinaEdit

 
2021 Honda Integra (China)

The China-exclusive fifth-generation Honda Integra sedan (Chinese: 型格; pinyin: Xínggé) was introduced in September 2021 as the twin model of the eleventh-generation Civic sedan, produced by Guangqi Honda.[31][32][33] Changes compared to the Civic include a redesigned front and rear fascia.[12]

North AmericaEdit

Fifth generation
North America (DE4)
 
2023 Acura Integra A-Spec (DE4, Canada)
Overview
ProductionMay 2022 – present
Model years2023–present
AssemblyUnited States: Marysville, Ohio (Marysville Auto Plant)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door liftback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformHonda Architecture (HA)[34]
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Power output200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS)
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase107.7 in (2,736 mm)
Length185.8 in (4,719 mm)
Width72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height55.5 in (1,410 mm)
Chronology
PredecessorAcura ILX (North America)

The Acura Integra was reintroduced in North America on June 2, 2022 for the 2023 model year as a 5-door liftback that replaced the ILX sedan.[35] It is also built on the same platform as the eleventh-generation Civic.[36] The standard powertrain a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine from the Honda Civic Si producing 200 hp (149 kW; 203 PS) and 192 lb⋅ft (260 N⋅m; 27 kg⋅m) of torque mated to a standard CVT, or an available 6-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.[11][37][38][39] Unlike the previous Japanese built models, it is produced in the United States at the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio instead.[40]

On March 10, 2022, Acura unveiled the production version of the 2023 Integra. The design of the production Integra is nearly identical to the pre-production version, however, the yellow exterior color and exterior decals shown on the pre-production model would not be available on the production model. The interior of the production Integra shares several parts from the eleventh-generation Civic.

The Integra is available in three trim levels: an unnamed base model, the mid-level A-Spec, and the top-tier A-Spec Technology Package. While all models offer a CVT, only the A-Spec Technology Package model offers a six-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip differential.[41]

Pre-orders for the 2023 Integra opened on March 10, 2022, with the first 500 pre-orders also receiving a complimentary exclusive NFT of the vehicle.

 
Rear View (A-Spec)

MarketingEdit

The Integra appeared in the Chiaki's Journey series of Acura Type-S commercials.[42]

MotorsportEdit

 
Gordon Shedden driving the Integra during the 2006 BTCC season.

The Integra and RSX have been popular in automobile racing.

In 1987 and 1988, the Integra won two consecutive IMSA International Sedan series manufacturers' championships, while Parker Johnstone won drivers' championship in the same years driving the Integra.[43]

In 1992, the Integra was used in Formula One as a safety car at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Realtime Racing used the Integra Type R and later the RSX Type S to compete in the SCCA World Challenge Touring Car class, winning six consecutive titles from 1997 to 2002. The BTC-T version of the Integra was very successful in the British Touring Car Championship, winning 27 races and becoming the champion in 2005 and 2006, despite being only entered by privateer teams. The Integra also won the Asian Touring Car Series in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010.

SalesEdit

Calendar year US
1986 27,807[44]
1987 54,757[44]
1988 57,468[44]
1989 77,423[44]
1990 83,559[44]
1991 64,755[44]
1992 55,174[44]
1993 58,757[44]
1994 67,426[44]
1995 61,316[44]
1996 46,966[44]
1997 38,331[44]
1998 34,904[44]
1999 26,184[44]
2000 25,975[44]
2001 13,376[44]
2002 19[44]

See alsoEdit

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