With a name like Integra, expectations were apprenticed to be high. But we don’t anticipate Honda knew aloof how aerial they would be, abnormally from enthusiasts who still accept an astronomic bulk of adulation for the leash of aboriginal Integra ancestors and the RSX. If you watched the alive acknowledge video on YouTube, the babble area was a bank of barf emojis and hate.
On the outside, the Integra is aloof a agilely reskinned 2022 Civic Si, a car that has additionally developed appealing huge aback the aftermost absolutely admired version, the EM1 (or alike the below admired but still acceptable EP Civic Si). Acura hasn’t said annihilation about specs so we don’t apperceive if it’ll accept any added ability than the Si. Without any added advice it’s adamantine to adjudicator the car on annihilation added than its looks and name, and it seems that Honda is allurement that name to backpack a lot of weight.
Honda alike produced this video, which shows some absolutely air-conditioned earlier Integras, but man, is it adamantine to watch. Whoever put this calm acutely knew article about Integras and which ones to assemble. There’s Type Rs in their iconic Phoenix Yellow and Championship White colors, a DA GS-R in Aztec Green, a Supersonic Blue DC GS-R (arguably the best adorable blush of that bearing alfresco the Type R), and alike what appears to be a attenuate all-white Special Edition first-generation. If modified, they’re all clean.
But, the alteration and assembly are aloof so cringe-inducing. It’s like it was fabricated by a agglomeration of old dads aggravating to address to “the youths.” Shown appropriate afore the car fabricated its on-stage debut, it’s the aboriginal clue that Acura is aggravating too adamantine to capitalize on the Integra name and 90s sentimentality.
And again there’s the appearance itself. It looks adequate at some angles but, egads, the ancillary appearance shows aloof how aggrandized new cars accept become. Alike the cheeseball atramentous decal forth the rocker panels can’t abbreviate bottomward its vertical mass. It’s not the attendance of four doors that’s unsettling; all Integras except the RSX had four-door variants, alike the admired DC GS-R and Type R, admitting the closing in Japan only.
Sure, the new Civic Si will run rings about its EM1 predecessor, but ability is — and never was — what fabricated an Integra. It was the impossibly low cowl, the absurd visibility, and the activity of absolute alley command that they offered. Add to that laser attention burke ascendancy from an instant-response high-revving agent and a silk-smooth 90s Honda gearbox, and you had a apparatus that you could confidently abode anywhere on the alley or track. That was the Integra ethos.
We doubtable this is what enthusiasts adduce the new Integra is lacking. Again, we don’t apperceive what’s below the hood, but the billowing bodywork artlessly does not aback a car that is your active partner.
The question, we guess, is why did we apprehend annihilation different? Honda is dying in Japan. All its iconic nameplates are gone, alike the JDM Odyssey, and the alone models that absolutely advertise are its kei cars, and alike the coolest ones will anon be gone. America is by far Honda’s arch market, so it charge body cars for America’s tastes (and the allotment platforms on those cars).
Still, for a abrupt moment we were bamboozled into cerebration that the Integra could be article cool. That Honda ability cull article absurd out of its armory and accord us a failing achievement auto on a dedicated, purpose-built platform. If anything, it makes us acknowledge cars like the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 and ND Mazda Miata alike more.
Despite all this we anticipate there’s a way Acura can save this car, and the acknowledgment is so simple it takes alone three letters: TSX. The aboriginal TSX had that old 90s Honda magic, alike admitting it was alien in 2004, and it came in a stick! It was one of the aftermost Honda/Acura greats, and the new Integra’s ambit are absolutely close:
2004 TSX / 2023 Integra:Wheelbase: 105.1 in / 107.7 inLength: 183.3 / 183.3 inWidth: 69.4 / 70.9 inHeight: 57.3 / 55.7 in
They accept the exact aforementioned length, and the Integra has a hardly best wheelbase and is absolutely lower, which is good. The TSX was a awful regarded, sharp-handling sports sedan, too. It’s all about expectations. By calling it an Integra, you accession hopes impossibly high. By calling it a TSX you accord bodies a absolute abruptness in this day an age: a light, bunched action auto with a stick!
It’s too backward for Acura to aback bottomward now. They’ve absorbed up the Integra so abundant and congenital a accomplished adventure about it. Also, they apparently anticipate the belletrist will be too abutting to TLX. The Integra still ability be a abundant car, but Honda charge be activity the bite appropriate now. Bodies were so aflame aback in August back they flashed the name “Integra” and they were apparently activity appealing acceptable about the absolute vibes. Now, loyal Honda-heads feel betrayed. It aloof goes to show, ancestry and nameplates are not to be taken lightly.
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