And we have proof.
Last year, we were told that if the Integra name ever returns to the Acura lineup, it would have to be worthy of its iconic forebear. Acura obviously believes that it can do the name justice, officially announcing this month that the Integra will return next year. We're happy that the Integra will not be a crossover or SUV, and we're hopeful that it will be a true enthusiasts' car, but Acura hasn't told us very much about what we can expect.
Thanks to some sleuthing skills, we can exclusively confirm that the Integra will certainly be fun to drive. How do we know? Well, we've uncovered a trademark application for the "Integra Type S" name.
The trademark was filed for apparel, including headwear and footgear, but Acura would not be creating merchandise for a car it won't be making. Like the Type S versions of the MDX and TLX, the Integra Type S will launch under the slogan "Less Talk. More Drive". With Acura not ruling out multiple body styles, it's quite possible that only the sportiest-looking version will get the Type S treatment, but that's no bad thing. And if you're wondering why there's no talk of a Type R like the original, that's because that "brand" is now exclusive to Honda, making Acura's highest rung of performance the Type S line.
That's no bad thing either, as the recently revealed Acura NSX Type S proves. The regular NSX produces 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque, while the uprated model offers a total of 600 hp and 492 lb-ft. Thus, when we do eventually see the Type S, we expect it to have unique front and rear fascias, possibly some enhanced aero appendages, and of course, more power with better handling. Sadly, we'll have to wait a while, as the new Integra will only be unveiled next year, likely to arrive as a 2023 model. Unless the Type S launches at the same time, we expect to see the upgraded model a few months on from the initial release.