Presenting The Acura Integra Prototype

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An icon finally returns.

This is what many enthusiasts have been waiting for. The reborn Acura Integra has arrived in nearly production-ready prototype form. Set to arrive for the 2023 model year, the new Integra not only revives an iconic nameplate but also brings back the premium sport compact sedan we've deeply missed.

Unlike the original, however, no coupe is planned. Mostly everyone will get over that because the Integra's secret sauce lies under the hood. A 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder makes this the first factory turbocharged Integra. Power output hasn't been announced but it's the same engine found in the also-new Honda Civic Si where it produces 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Acura has confirmed a six-speed manual with a limited-slip differential will be offered.

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With its coupe-like roofline and five-door liftback design, the Integra Prototype looks the part, especially with the Indy Yellow Pearl paint that comes straight from the NSX supercar. The color also pays homage to the Phoenix Yellow available on the much-loved 2000-2001 Integra Type R. The exterior was designed in Japan. Acura says it's a "modern interpretation of the Integra line."

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We're also really liking the embossed Integra name under the driver's side headlight and passenger's side taillight. Whether that'll make production remains uncertain. Other cool styling cues include is Acura's frameless Diamond Pentagon grille. At each side are daytime LEDs located above the JewelEye LED headlights. At the rear are muscular wheel arches that feed into an aggressive fascia with dual-exhaust finishers. The wide, single-piece taillights have a unique lighting signature.

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The matte-finish, 19-inch split five-spoke wheels boast oversized Brembo high-performance brakes with Yellow Indy calipers. High-gloss black accents are generously applied, specifically on the roof, decklid spoiler, mirror caps, rear diffuser, and front grille. There's an additional graphic with the Integra name applied to the lower sills on each side.

"The Integra is one of the most iconic models in Acura's history," said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. "This new Integra, will continue to deliver on the original's unique aspirational yet attainable market position, with emotional performance and style, combined with the versatility and utility sought after by today's buyers."

This will be the first Integra built in America, specifically at the Marysville, Ohio plant alongside the TLX. A precise price tag isn't available yet but Acura promises the 2023 Integra will begin at around $30,000. Sales will get underway next year.

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