It’s not a typical year when you can say that Friday the 13th offered a delightful surprise for car enthusiasts, but that’s exactly what happened on Friday, August 13, 2021. Acura, in a surprise announcement years in the making, revealed its iconic Integra compact sports car would return for 2023. A drone display outlined an ambiguous shape in the California sky, and a single teaser image showed a very modern Acura headlight with a classic “INTEGRA” embossing below.
Here’s what we know about the 2023 Acura Integra at this juncture.
2023 Acura Integra: Two or Four Doors?
The biggest question on our minds right now is how many doors the Integra will sport when we are allowed to see more of it. Remember, for much of its life, the Integra was available in both two- and four-door flavors. We asked Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda, point blank, if the new Integra will feature either arrangement (or both), and he offered a cryptic “maybe” in return.
Another piece of the puzzle is that the ILX compact sedan is on the ninth-generation Civic and is due to soldier on a little longer. That said, with the 11th-generation Honda Civic running around, the ILX can’t be too long for this world. Ikeda insisted the Integra is not an ILX replacement, and that the Integra will be the brand’s entry-level vehicle. This could mean the Integra eventually becomes the de facto ILX replacement when and if that model is finally retired at the end of the 2022 model year.
A true coupe would be a daring move in a universe in which sporty two-doors are an endangered species, but it’s the body style most associated with the glory days of the Integra, and that’s what we’ve decided to render to illustrate this article. It’s strikingly different than the compelling Integra renders another talented artist shared with us earlier (which were done before the new Integra was announced).
2023 Acura Integra: Budget Halo Car
With the NSX on the way out (being sent off with a tasty Type S version), Acura doesn’t have a true halo to show off its sporty near-luxury aspirations. The MDX, particularly the all-wheel-drive models, offer great handling and have been a standout success for the company. But even with an ILX Type S allegedly on the way, the compact sedan is not an image leader like the NSX. Instead, Ikeda told us, the Integra will fill this slot.
Yes, that means the entry-level model in Acura’s range is due to step into the NSX’s shoes. It’ll have to deliver on the sporty promise of its name—and do justice to its ancestors—to achieve this, though.
2023 Acura Integra: Electrified?
The Integra won’t be electrified at launch, nor will it initially offer a Type S variant. We expect an electrified version to arrive soon after the car’s release, and if leaked Acura documents we saw earlier are to be believed, an Integra Type S, as well.
2023 Acura Integra: What’s Underneath?
Like Integras of yore, the new 2023 Integra will be heavily based on the Honda Civic. This is a very good thing given the excellence baked into the new eleventh-generation Civic, and the mind-blowing performance of the current Civic Type R. A 2023 Integra Type S is almost certain to leverage the Civic Type R parts bin. How the Integra might be electrified is currently unclear. It may be that an e-motor will be used at the rear axle in a hybrid all-wheel-drive setup, a drivertrain layout that’s also rumored for the 11th-gen Civic Type R.
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