December 3, 2021

2023 Acura Integra Prototype is an reasonably priced fanatic icon reborn

After months of rumor and hypothesis, Acura has pulled the wraps off the brand new Integra Prototype, the thinly-veiled precursor to the 2023 Integra anticipated to launch subsequent 12 months. Marking the return of the well-loved nameplate, the brand new automobile will try to channel what made its forebears so fashionable: reasonably priced efficiency wrapped up in fanatic styling.

Gone, although, is the coupe physique type that was most related to the previous Integra. Within the case of the 2023 Acura Integra, we are able to anticipate a sport compact five-door as an alternative, with a swooping roofline and a liftback design.

On the entrance there’s a Diamond Pentagon frameless grille, which Acura first used on the Kind S Idea. It’s flanked by “Chicane” LED daytime working lights and JewelEye LED headlights, and as you’d anticipate the Integra identify has been embossed below the driving force’s facet headlight.

It reappears, too, below the passenger’s facet taillight. The rear additionally incorporates a distinctive fascia, with twin exhaust finishers and single-piece taillights that even have a “Chicane” mild signature. 19-inch matte-finish split-five spoke wheels get Brembo high-performance brakes.

The calipers for these are completed in Indy Yellow, to match the Indy Yellow Pearl paint job that Acura chosen for the Integra Prototype. Borrowed from the NSX’s paint catalog it’s a nod, the automaker factors out, to the Phoenix Yellow hue that was provided on the 2000-2001 Integra Kind R. Alongside it are Berlina Black accents with a high-gloss end, throughout the roof, decklid spoiler, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and entrance grille. Integra decals run throughout the decrease sills.

For efficiency, in the meantime, Acura has eschewed excessive displacement in favor of turbocharging. The brand new Integra will function a high-output 1.5-liter VTEC turbo engine, precise energy figures to be confirmed nearer to the manufacturing automobile’s launch. It’s paired with an obtainable six-speed guide transmission, and a limited-slip differential.

You don’t must look far to see that mixture put to good impact. The 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback could also be a bit of extra staid than the brand new Integra Prototype, but it surely too gives a four-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo fuel engine, there rated for 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed guide can also be obtainable. In the meantime, the upcoming 2022 Civic Si could have a limited-slip entrance differential as customary, too.

What ought to assist the 2023 Integra stand out from the efficiency crowd subsequent 12 months is its value. Acura isn’t giving precise numbers but, however is upfront that the brand new Integra is to behave as “the brand new gateway efficiency mannequin” in its lineup. With that in thoughts, it’s anticipated to mix its keen driving dynamics with a roughly $30,000 beginning value.

That’s aggressive, although solely time will inform whether or not the brand new Integra can reside as much as the legacy of its 4 generations of predecessors. We’ll discover out someday in 2022.

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