Acura sponsored three builds from three enthusiasts to show the world Acura is still an enthusiast brand.
Acura wants to show the world the ever-iconic Integra can still be a tuner car, despite its somewhat controversial reintroduction into the brand's lineup. To do that, Acura worked with three pillars of the tuner community to create three unique modified Acura Integra show cars that'll be displayed at events like SEMA and the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Formula Drift star Dai Yoshihara, actor Sara Choi, and pro BMX athlete Coco Zarita all put their own personal touches on a 'Teggy, which you can see below.
"Growing up in the 80's and 90's, Integra was always one of my favorite Acuras so it's such an honor to get to build a brand new 2023 Integra," said Dai Yoshihara. "I wanted to take the sporty theme from the iconic DB8 Integra and fuse it into my build." Given the extensive modifications made to each car, we're picking our favorite parts from each for the sake of brevity.
Yoshihara didn't change much on his Integra's engine, instead focusing on the chassis. The only changes were a Spoon air filter and exhaust.
The car also got new BBS REV7 wheels, measuring 18x9.5 +22, wearing Yokohama A005 racing slicks. Also fitted were RSR coilovers and a Stoptech big brake kit. Obviously, a huge Voltex Type 12 wing was fitted, along with a custom livery.
Zarita's build is certainly a more streetable build, with Pilot PS4s tires instead of racing slicks. It's still got a massive APR GTC carbon wing, however. Those Michelin tires are spun around by Kansei KNP wheels measuring 18x9.5 and 18x10.5.
"It's a dream come true to be one of the first builders on the planet to get their hands on the new Acura Integra," said Coco Zarita. "We grabbed some inspo from the NSX GT designs and added some race car features to help bring in my own personal style and achieve this new look for the next-gen Integra."
Interestingly, the BMX champ also went for RSR's Sport-I coilovers, much like Yoshihara's ride. Far more engine modifications were made here, with HPS' intake, coolant hoses, and charge pipe. A GReddy intercooler was also fitted. Unfortunately, Acura doesn't give any power outputs, so we're not certain how much power any of these builds are pumping out. Still, Coco's BMX bike rack makes up for it a little.
Sara Choi, a model and actor from Hawaii, opted for a more artistic approach with a totally custom bodykit designed by herself and Walter Kim. The extra width means that 19x10 +25 and 19x10.5 +15 Advan RSDF wheels with Xexen Sport R tires could be fitted.
"My favorite part of being a car builder is that you get to express yourself however you want," said Choi. "It's a thrill building my own version of such an iconic car."
Choi also opted for some GReddy parts, like Coco, including an intercooler and oil cooler. A Sport Touring cat-back exhaust was also fitted. However, our favorite part is the wing on Choi's car. It just screams "Integra Type R," and we'd just have to slap one on the upcoming Integra Type S that'll be based on the Honda Civic Type R.
In addition to the Long Beach GP and SEMA, these three cars made their debut this month at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.