© Motor1.com Copyright Acura Integra Prototype
Returning to the Acura calendar afterwards a two-decade-plus absence, the Integra Prototype took its aboriginal bow in Los Angeles tonight. And if the affluence automaker’s antecedent abstraction outings are any indication, the five-door auto should be a actual abutting examination of the accessible 2023 Integra. Although some capacity abide in question, there’s no abstinent that the new Integra will ample a actual cornball aperture in Acura’s affluence auto lineup.
Like the first-generation Integra from 1986, the Prototype will booty the anatomy of a liftback sedan, admitting acutely avant-garde with accepted Acura administration cues. That agency LED headlamps with chicane-shaped signature lighting bookending an angular “Diamond Pentagon” grille up front. Sweeping taillights with a alveolate centralized architecture arise on either ancillary of an advancing fastback rear hatch. A brittle band rises from the advanced caster arch, acid through the advanced aperture and giving the contour some assailment after ruining the Integra’s apple-pie design. The advanced and rear bumpers additionally get retro-inspired “INTEGRA” logos arresting into the plastic.
A diffuse advanced overhang, baby dash-to-axle ratio, and arching roofline abandon the Civic auto that acceptable hides abaft those Acura-spec architecture cues. However, Acura did a acceptable job of bathrobe up the Integra, with a apple-pie advanced end acknowledgment to the frameless grille and a awning that somewhat recalls the second-generation Integra with how it integrates into the bonanza and fenders. Even the Indy Yellow blush is advised to anamnesis the Integra Type R’s Phoenix Yellow. Still, those acquisitive for a awakening redux will be aghast the Integra Prototype doesn’t devious added from the Civic’s accepted proportions.
Since it’s a architecture exercise, the Acura Integra Prototype we saw in being doesn’t absolutely accept an interior. We assume it’ll use the admirable Civic as a jumping-off point, dressed up a bit with the TLX’s wing-like, contrast-color lower dash, as able-bodied as softer abstracts throughout the cabin. Acura’s True Touchpad Interface ability appearance up, or the Integra could accomplish use of a reskinned adaptation of the Honda Civic’s automated infotainment, abounding with a 9.0-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Though bottomless officially, the Integra Prototype apparently will ride on the Civic hatch’s chassis, powered by a “high-output” turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. That’s the aforementioned delivery Honda uses to call the agent in the Civic Si sedan, but we achievement Acura squeezes a bit added ability about to that car’s 200 application and 192 pound-feet (149 application and 260 newton-meters). Even if not, if you appetite a Civic Si with the accessibility of a liftback, the Integra is as abutting as you’ll get, and that will be acumen abundant for some to accept it.
Unlike the manual-only Si, the 2023 Integra will action both a six-speed stick and a spec-unconfirmed automated manual – acceptable a continuously capricious transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, and it doesn’t arise the Acura Integra Prototype (or its production-intent successor) will action torque-vectoring Super Administration all-wheel drive. The Integra Prototype should avowal the aforementioned able-bodied anatomy as the Civic auto (yielding active administration and bound anatomy roll) and we achievement Acura will additionally action a grippy summer-tire advantage to accord its bunched auto 18-carat moves on a ambagious road.
The assembly adaptation of the Integra Prototype should access in dealers in mid-2022. Exact appraisement is unknown, admitting Acura did say the assembly agent would alpha at about $30,000, burglary absorption from the added big-ticket Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. We additionally accept our fingers beyond for an Integra Type S powered by the Honda Civic Type R’s 306-hp (228-kW) four-cylinder. Such a ‘Teg would be an adorable Japanese antithesis to the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and BMW M235i Gran Coupe, abnormally if it has the aboriginal Integra’s astonishing front-wheel-drive moves.
Regardless, we’re captivated to see Acura disclose such a acclaimed name from its accomplished and can alone achievement the trend continues. For added on the Acura Integra Prototype and its 2023 assembly variant, break tuned.
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