This is the Acura Integra Prototype and it exists to basically show you what the production version will look like when it arrives for the 2023 model year. There’s a lot to take in here and we have some strong pluses and a handful of minuses. So let’s kick things off with the good, shall we?
First, it’s great that the nameplate is back. This isn’t some alphanumeric collection of meaningless badging. This is the Integra, and that’s great! And it stays true to the original in that it’s an upmarket Civic done in a four-door style with a rear liftback hatch space. And it gets its power from the upcoming Honda Civic Si too. So under the nose, you’ll find a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This means we should expect around 200 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque if it’s exactly the same as the Si. More intriguing is the gearbox though as this utilizes a six-speed manual. That will help you take full advantage of an already flat torque curve since the Civic Si promises peak power from 1,800 rpm on up past 5,000 rpm.
As for the styling, we’re going to need to see this one in person to make a full judgment. I understand why Acura went with this yellow paint scheme but I don’t think it does the car any favors. Red or blue might have played better on this one, especially since Acura’s own Long Beach Blue is a gorgeous hue.
The proportions are tough as well. The long nose look works great on coupes and sporty sedans, but it’s a bit harder when the car section is curved and rolls directly into the rear. It’s the full-on profile that presents the toughest angle. All other angles, however, seem to be strong. But again, we’re going to need to see it in person… and without that lower INTEGRA graphic, which doesn’t really do anything for the car here.
But here’s what we do like; the manual gearbox, turbocharged engine, liftback rear, and the fact that this will be priced to start in the neighborhood of $30k when it lands next year. Let’s see some other colors and a potential Type S or Type R version as well. It’s fun that the Integra is back and we look forward to seeing how it actually drives.