Will this help win the hearts and minds of enthusiasts?
Longtime Acura fans were thrilled when the luxury Japanese automaker announced the return of the Integra, one of its most iconic nameplates, in late 2021. Production will begin at the Marysville, Ohio assembly plant later this year for the 2023 model year. There has been a lot of debate within the Integra fan community regarding the fastback sedan's styling and that it appears to be, at least for some, nothing more than a heavily restyled Honda Civic Si. That might turn out to be partially true but something has changed.
A member of the Integra Talk fan forum has posted a screenshot from an Acura dealership in Wisconsin claiming the reborn Integra will be offered with the brand's outstanding Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD).
As Acura put it, this will help "to increase your traction" in road conditions like rain, snow, and ice." Even better, the system will be paired with the six-speed manual transmission. Acura has not officially confirmed this information.
CarBuzz reached out to Acura seeking comment and a spokesperson told us the following: "The Integra will continue a tradition of being one of the best driving, front-wheel drive vehicles on the market. We look forward to sharing additional details on the all-new Integra soon."
This is a pretty big deal because the addition of SH-AWD, standard or optional, will properly separate the Integra from the Civic Si. Both cars share not only a platform (and heavy doses of interior styling) but also a turbocharged 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder engine.
A precise output has not been revealed for the Integra but in the Civic Si it pumps out 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Acura recently announced pre-orders will kick off on March 10 prior to sales beginning this spring. Spots will surely be limited. Prospective customers have been told pricing will begin at around $30,000. To compare, the 2022 Civic Si costs at least $27,300. The Honda will remain FWD only.
Integra customers interested in getting SH-AWD, which we highly recommend, should be prepared to pay around a couple thousand more for the system. Hopefully, official details will be arriving soon.