The Acura Integra is back, officially.
As part of Monterey Car Week, Acura announced that the Integra will return.
“The Integra is back,” said Jon Ikeda Vice President and Acura Brand Officer in a statement. “I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience.”
Specs are non-existent, though Roadshow thinks the car will share the Civic’s platform. We think that makes sense, and like our colleagues, we’re hoping for a turbo four and a stick. Oh, and a Type S that uses some or all of the Civic Type R’s wonderful underpinnings.
Indeed, that’s is how Acura needs to build this car to avoid screwing it up. It needs to be fun to drive, more upscale than a Civic, and well-styled. It needs to not be a reboot of the ILX.
If Acura gets the driving dynamics right, and gives the car enough luxury features to justify a price premium over a Civic/Civic Si/Civic Type R, the Integra can help continue to get the brand back on track after it lost its way a while back. If Acura messes this up, we’ll be quite disappointed.
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