At the recent annual Hot Wheels convention in Los Angeles, a new model was quietly revealed for 2016. It’s not quite nostalgic yet, but the Acura Integra was a long time coming.
The reveal came at an autograph session with Hot Wheels designers, including Ryu Asada, Mattel’s resident Honda head. Ryu was responsible for the 1990 Acura NSX that debuted in the lineup this year. It’s one of his favorite cars of all time, and thus he chose an illustration of that model as the featured car for his signing sheet.
In front of Ryu was a tray of cars that he’s designed, including the EF Honda Civic, the upcoming Chevy LUV, Tesla Model S, Porsche 934 Turbo, Honda S2000, and 1967 Chevy C10.
Surprisingly, this will be the Integra’s first time in the Hot Wheels regular lineup. Even during the height of the sport compact era, it only wore the Hot Wheels badge in 1:18 and 1:56 scale (now discontinued) Tunerz lines. Ironically, it’s the success of the classic Japanese cars that have now opened the doors to this 1990s icon.