The Acura Integra is an automobile created by Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda from 1985 to 2006. Acura Integra succeeded the Honda Quint because the slightly larger derivative of the Civic and each generation of the Integra was based on the contemporary generation of the Civic. Being more luxurious and sports-oriented than the Quint, the Integra was one of many launch models for Acura in 1986, along with the Legend. Throughout its life, the Integra was respected because of its handling and performance.
The Integra name was originally employed by Honda to refer to its VT250F motorcycle and is used to reference the scooter variant of its NC700 series of motorcycles. Honda Integra debuted in Japan in February 1985 because the Honda Quint Integra, available only at Honda’s Japanese dealership sales channel Honda Verno before you go available for sale per year later in North America within the then-new luxury Acura lineup. The three-door hatchback was the only model available originally, with a five-door arriving in October 1985. The four-door saloon body style became for sale in Japan in the autumn of 1986
For North America (the United States and Canada), Acura was introduced whilst the Acura RSX in respect with Acura’s new alphabetical naming scheme. Additionally, it had an entirely new engine, the K-series. The Integra came in two models in the United States, the RSX and the RSX Type-S boasting the K20A2 engine from 2002 to 2004, whilst the 2005 and 2006 RSX-S came with a K20Z1. The RSX was sold as a Honda Integra in Japan and Australia, markets where Acura did not exist.
In March 2006, Honda announced that the Integra could be discontinued in June after its final 300 cars were sold, because of the shrinkage of the coupe market. The result of the consumers towards the discontinuation, however, forced Honda to give production until July 2006 and produce 150 more Integras. The Acura RSX was discontinued as well, as the RSX didn’t fit within the confines of Acura’s re-structured market strategy. This left the Acura TSX as Acura‘s entry-level vehicle. Also, the introduction of the similarly powerful and Integra 2023 less costly 2006 model-year Honda Civic Si was there to complete the gap left by the RSX.
In 1995, Honda introduced the Integra Type R to the Japanese domestic market. The JDM Type R had the minor change long headlights that remained only for the JDM models while the planet market version had the pre-facelift double round lights.
The DC2 Type R came standard with a 200 PS (figure can vary in numerous countries, 195 hp USDM, 190 hp in Europe) factory-tuned variant of the B18C engine. Equipped with a close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission and a Helical LSD, the DC2 Integra Type R had significantly improved performance and handling in accordance with the GS-R/Si/SiR-G Integra.
The Acura Integra and RSX have already been popular in automobile racing. Realtime Racing used the Integra Type R and later the RSX Type S to compete in the SCCA World Challenge Touring car class for most years. Several cars were entered in to the 2009 British Touring Car Championship season and 2023 Acura won the 2003 Asian Touring Car Series. In 1992, the 2023 Integra was found in Formula One as a security car at the Canadian Grand Prix.