It’s been 20 years since an Integra was sold under the Acura banner (20 years if you want to get technical and exclude the RSX). It’s back for 2023, looking like a reskinned current-generation Civic Si. The good news is, it’ll steal the Si’s standard 6-speed manual, helical limited-slip diff, and turbo four as well. The bad news is, well, it’s just another Civic Si.
To be fair, it looks quite a bit better than the Civic Si, which we found a bit bulbous. The roofline looks sleeker, removing the weird upkick in the rear window. Acura painted the prototype in Indy Yellow, an NSX Heritage Color, that is said to be a nod to the Phoenix Yellow of the beloved 2000-01 Integra Type R.
Acura says the Integra was designed in Japan and told Autoblog that it will not share any panels with the Civic. They also said it’s purposefully not retro, but what they believe the Integra would have become over several generations if it had not halted in 2006 with the final RSX.
And even though the original Integras were related to the Civic, they weren’t so similar. They had drastically different bodywork, sportier engines, and different suspension tuning. Of course, those are still possible with the new Integra, as Acura has not revealed any specs and strictly speaking the car you see here is technically a prototype.
If you looked at the live chat scrolling along the side of the reveal video, though, it wasn’t pretty. Most had pretty harsh words (or vomiting emojis) for Acura. We empathize, as this model seems like a far cry from the sleek, airy Integras of decades past. Honestly, it’s pretty much what we expected. There’s no way the Integra could truly go back to its roots in today’s market. Perhaps Acura would have been better off letting sleeping nameplates lie, but we’ll reserve final judgement for when the car comes out.
Acura says it will go into production in 2022 at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio plant and sell for around $30,000.