Integra Reservations Show Acura Was Wrong About The Manual Gearbox

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Integra fans don't care about how many doors it has, but they do care about how it shifts gears.

Last year in October, Acura confirmed that the new Integra would be available with a manual gearbox with the accompanying hashtag #SaveTheManuals. As expected, enthusiasts were thrilled with the news. While manuals continue to fall out of favor overall, there are rays of hope here and there that the stick shift's relevancy remains. For instance, Ford was taken aback by the number of Bronco customers ordering manuals, and Hyundai's N division graciously gave the Elantra N a manual gearbox. Back to the Integra, though - it now appears that Acura's decision to equip the sporty sedan with a manual is paying off in a big way.

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Andrew Quillin from Acura just shared a tweet saying that over 70% of new reservations for the new Integra are for the six-speed manual. Amazingly, this is higher than the 50% or so of buyers who chose a manual for the Integra between 1986 and 2001. Even more tellingly, Acura has only made the manual gearbox available on the more expensive A-Spec, so customers are clearly willing to pay a premium to get the Integra with a manual. Acura should have given those on a tighter budget access to this transmission to truly connect with the Integra's most loyal fans. The standard transmission is a sport-tuned CVT with paddle shifters, but we can't imagine that this will match the manual.

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Regardless of the transmission, the Integra will come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Power is directed to the front wheels, and as we found out earlier this week, all-wheel drive will not be available despite rumors to the contrary. Whether or not the new Integra's four-door body style has won you over or not, it's heartening to see that the majority of new customers want the manual. Besides the aforementioned Hyundai Elantra N, the Integra will also compete with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, and both of these rivals have manuals. In other segments, the manual is fading into obscurity, but small sports sedans like the Integra are keeping the stick shift alive.

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