Reborn Honda Integra Type S unveiled with Civic Type R power, not for Australia

The nameplate of the Honda Integra Type S performance car has returned via the company’s American luxury division, Acura. But Australia isn’t slated to sit next to the Civic Type R.

Honda’s US luxury division Acura has dusted off an iconic badge for its version of the Civic Type R hot hatch, the new 2024 Acura Integra Type S – but will not be built right hand drive for sale in Australia.

Based on the reborn, five doors integrates hatch revealed last year, the Integra Type S is the luxury version of the Honda Civic Type R – and the third model under the revived Type S sub-brand, now a Acura exclusive.

It is powered by the Civic Type R 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged enginenow tuned to develop 239kW and 420Nm – an increase of only 4kW compared to the sling.

It’s paired with the same six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive layout as the Type R, despite the availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive on other Acura cars with the same engine.

All-wheel drive is assisted by a mechanical limited-slip front differential, while there’s a unique sports exhaust system that’s said to produce “clicks and pops” in its sportiest mode, though it breathes through triple exhaust tips. Similar to the Honda.

The Type S builds on many of the Type R’s performance upgrades over the regular Civic, including wider wheel tracks (89mm at the front and 48mm at the rear compared to a regular Integra), Dual-axle front suspension claims reduced steering torque and stiffer steering. front stabilizer bar.

Adaptive suspension with three modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport+ instead of Honda’s Comfort, Sport and +R settings, is standard.

There are 19-inch gray wheels in a unique Acura design, said to be inspired by the NSX supercar, wrapped in the same 265/30 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tires as its Civic Type R twin.

Brakes are also shared and comprise two-piece 350mm front rotors with Brembo four-piston calipers and 305mm rear rotors.

Honda USA specifications show that the Integra Type S weighs 14kg more than an equivalent Civic Type R, at 1,460kg (versus 1,446kg).

The Acura Integra Type S swaps the Civic Type R’s tall rear wing for a black-edged spoiler, but the rest of its design is just as extroverted.

The Type S can be distinguished from a standard Acura Integra through its 71mm wider wheel arches, more aggressive front fascia with black air scoops, a vented aluminum hood that reportedly improves airflow by 170 percent. cent and new side skirts.

There’s a new rear bumper to incorporate the Type R-derived triple exhaust tips, while there are Type S badging on the grille, front wheel arches and tailgate, and available carbon-fiber mirror covers.

In a nod to the late 1990s Integra ‘DC2’, there are ‘INTEGRA’ wordmarks etched into the front and rear bumpers, a detail shared with the new generation standard Integra.

Seven colors are available, including the Type S-exclusive gold Tiger Eye Pearl.

Inside, the Civic Type R’s racing-inspired bucket seats and red suede upholstery are replaced with more luxurious (but still sporty) seats trimmed in red, white or black leather and Ultrasuede, with heating (not available on the Type R). ) and stamped Type S.

Other highlights include an anodized shift knob with red accents and a black Ultrasuede boot, a leather or suede steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, and various Type S badging.

Features shared with the Civic Type R include a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry and start, dual-zone air conditioning, and a suite of advanced security technology.

However, exclusives to the Integra Type S include a head-up display, 16-speaker ELS Studio premium sound system, heated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

He 2024 Acura Integra Type S It is expected to hit US showrooms later this year.

However, it will not be sold in Australia as, like most new Acura vehicles, the new Acura Integra range is built exclusively in left-hand drive in the US, rather than right-hand drive in Japan as the Civic Type R.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines to an early age to grow around performance. vehicles in a car-loving family.

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