Last time we checked, today isn’t April Fool’s, but apparently Acura is going to revive the Integra in 2022. That’s right, the 90s Tuner Era darling, perhaps even the platonic ideal of a sport compact, will be making a comeback next year.
The surprise announcement came during Monterey Car Week, where Acura was also unveiling the 2022 NSX Type S. That reveal was bittersweet, because while the Type S is the most potent NSX yet and will have a host of performance upgrades — a boost to 600 horsepower, bigger turbos from the NSX GT3 race car, more powerful batteries, and the all-important red engine cover — it’s only going to be offered for one year, and that year will be the NSX’s last. After 2022, there will be no more NSX for the foreseeable future.
However, the Integra news arrived with some flair, using drones in the Monterey night sky to spell out “Integra” and give a hint as to the car’s profile. Roadshow’s Daniel Golson captured the moment.
“The Integra is back,” Acura VP Jon Ikeda said. “I’m thrilled to say Integra is returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way—design, performance and the overall driving experience.”
While precious little is known about the Integra right now, the teaser image does provide one throwback clue. The “INTEGRA” logo is debossed and located on the bumper near the left headlight, exactly like the third-generation Integra. As one of the most beloved nameplates in Acura history, and a huge influence on getting Americans hooked on Japanese sport compacts, there’s a lot riding on this name. We look forward to seeing what comes of it.