But will Honda allow it?
The reborn Acura Integra has arrived and the automaker is wasting no time coming up with interesting plans for it. No longer a two-door coupe, the Integra Prototype, a near production-ready vehicle, has morphed into a fastback compact sedan. Not everyone is a fan of this decision, especially longtime Integra enthusiasts. But they should know that the new body style won't keep it away from the racetrack. Road & Track recently spoke to Acura boss Jon Ikeda, a big motorsport fan, about what's next for the Integra, aside from the road-going version.
"We want to race this thing, but maybe the Honda PR and marketing guys might have different ideas," he said.
It'd make sense for the Integra to enter the touring car arena thanks to the crew at Honda Performance Development, which prepped race-ready Civics in the past. It's currently working on a racing version of the Civic Si. But as Ikeda noted, parent company Honda might not like the idea of the Integra hitting the track too due to internal competition issues. But Honda also needs to remember something crucial.
"The thing with our brand and our company in general, at the end of it, it has to be fun," Ikeda continued. "It's got to be fun to drive and we're the performance division of Honda, so we're not going to shy away from Honda, you know? We're going to just have a little bit more fun."
Ikeda has already gone on record stating he wants a performance-focused Type S version of all new products. It's only a matter of time until the Integra Type S arrives. That said, an Integra touring version would provide the ideal basis for the Type S everyone can buy. Like the Civic Si, the new Integra will come powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder producing somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual with a limited-slip differential will be available too.
On paper, Acura seems to be doing everything right performance-wise. Let's just hope Honda won't get in its way.