Whatever you think about Acura’s usage of the vaunted Integra nameplate, I think most of us can agree it’s leagues better than the alphabet soup to which we’ve been subjected over the past 25 years. All they need to do is trot out the Legend and Vigor names once again and we’ll be in business.
Now the model’s made the rounds after its official launch, Acura is ready to put a price tag on the thing. If you seek a copy of this turbocharged five-door liftback, it’ll set you back no less than $31,895 including destination.
That’ll be for the entry-level trim, of course, one simply called ‘Integra’ and available only with an automatic transmission. Under the hood is a 1.5-liter turbo (with VTEC kicking in, yo) cranking out 200 horsepower and roughly the same amount of torque. Unlike older Honda engines which made their peak power in the nosebleed section of its tachometer, all the horses are on duty by 6,000 rpm while torque peaks at just 1,800 rpm and stays there until five grand.
Anyone looking for an A-Spec trim (same powertrain) will have to shell out $33,895 plus an extra $3,000 for a so-called Technology Package which includes the likes of a heads-up display and adaptive damper system. It’s at that level where the six-speed manual finally appears, showing up as a no-charge option. This means the bill will be $36,895 for the one you actually want.
As part of the deal comes a new Acura Maintenance Program that covers select factory-scheduled maintenance at participating Acura dealers for the first two years or 24,000 miles. The program includes standard oil and filter changes, tire rotations, plus various and sundry multi-point inspections. And, yes, it is fully transferrable to subsequent owners should the original buyer choose to ditch the car before the time or mileage limits are up.
Look for the new Integra to show up in dealers this June.
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