Introducing the Acura Integra Type S: 2024’s Refined Civic Type R

Type S: A Mature Hot Hatch Without Wing, More Power

Acura finally unveiled the resurrected Integra Type S, much to the delight of fervent hot hatch enthusiasts searching for a more mature alternative to the Honda Civic Type R. Even though it shares many similarities with the latter in terms of platform, engine and gearbox, this 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder vehicle delivers an additional five horses’, emitting 320 horsepower (available at 6,500 rpm) and 310 lb-ft of torque (from 2,600-4,000 rpm). According to Acura, it was achieved through the fitting of a high-flow exhaust and exclusive tune-up, but it is likely that the company required something to distinguish itself from the Honda range and more power is always better for bragging rights.

Similar to the Type R, this vehicle uses a six-speed manual transmission to deliver the power to the front wheels, making use of a limited-slip differential in order to adjust the amount of torque and keep the grip levels stable when the 265/30-profile Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires can’t cope.

Introducing the Acura Integra Type S

Rubber is utilized to cocoon 19×9.5-inch alloy rims in Shark Gray (optionally copper) and they are a remarkable 2 pounds lighter than the preceding Integra A-Spec’s 18-inch wheels. Inside the wheels, Brembo braking system provides four-piston calipers for better clamping force on 13.8-inch rotors.

Adaptive shock absorbers are featured as standard, however, these come with the same tuning seen in the Civic Type R; the Integra has a wider front and rear track than the base version, measuring at 3.5″ and 1.9″, respectively. Plus, also included is a 29mm solid front anti-roll bar, which once more is shared with its sibling, the Honda Civic.

The Integra Type S boasts three driving modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. It also retains the Individual mode found in the Civic Type R. Acura has put a special emphasis on Sport+, which opens up the valves on the active exhaust system, promising a thrilling ride with “pops and bangs” that will turn heads.

No acceleration or velocity statements have been made. There has not been any announcement concerning the maximum speed reached.

The notoriously daring styling of the Civic Type R is in stark contrast with the less-vivid look of the Integra Type S. Instead of an immense wing, it is adorned with a low-key lip spoiler atop the rear decklid, which can be upgraded to carbon fiber. To intensify its aggression, the bodywork of the Type S is augmented with an extra 2.8in of fenders to fit the more extensive tires. Exclusive to the Type S is its enlarged Diamond Pentagon grille, and a larger lower opening which offers access to the intercooler. Together, the grille, aluminum vent on the hood, and increased airflow increase cooling for the turbocharged engine by up to 170%. Furthermore, every panel preceding the A-pillar is different to the one on the Type S.

In contrast to its Civic-related cousin, the back end of the car is fairly modest. However, one recurrent feature still remains in the form of three tailpipes located at the middle. Also, an optional carbon fiber owned gloss black diffuser supposedly aids in generating downward force that otherwise would have been created by a wing.

A variety of seven hues are provided, incorporating Tiger Eye Pearl – an indispensable part of Acura’s Type S range.

Distinctly different from the Civic Type R, the Honda Integra Type S has three individual colors for its indoor ambiance- Red, Black and Orchid. Despite that, other features of this vehicle remain fairly unchanged – chief among them being the 10.2 inch digital instrument cluster screen and the 9 inch touchscreen showcasing Bluetooth-enabled Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However there is one extra facility the Acura provides and that’s the 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D sound system with a massive 530 watts of power.

The seating here is less brash than in the Type R, and comes with integrated heating alongside 12-way power adjustment plus lower back aid. Furthermore, it features soft Ultrasuede inserts for even more comfort.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel features contrast stitching, while the shift boot has an analogous hue to that of the wheel, although it’s constructed of Ultrasuede instead of cowhide. As far as transmission is concerned, the Integra Type S comes with a dark anodized shifter and red marks. However, you may want to consider switching out the knob with a titanium one reminiscent of the beloved Integra Type R.

Acura contends that the Integra Type S is more suitable than its adversaries, notwithstanding the fact that it only has four seating spaces. This is largely owed to the extended wheelbase architecture of the Integra and the reality that it’s just accessible as a hatchback. Rivals like the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, BMW M235i Gran Coupe, and Audi S3 are held for sale only in sedan form in America, though hatchback variants from Audi and AMG can be obtained outside of the US.

Regardless, the Integra Type S leads in terms of trunk capacity, at 24.3 cubic feet, plus its rear seats can be folded in a 60/40-split manner. Moreover, it provides impressively prominent back-seat legroom – 37.4 inches as compared to 33.9 inches provided by the AMG CLA 35.

Acura is putting together the Integra Type S right here in the US, specifically at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. This is the same territory where other Acura models including the Integra, TLX, and TLX Type S are produced. The engine, though, will come from Anna Engine Plant located in Ohio and this is where engines used for the Civic Type R, TLX, and MDX Type S V6s are established.

Acura has yet to reveal the price of their Type S. Even though it’s anticipated to have a higher sticker price compared to the Civic Type R’s $43,295 MSRP, competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes are priced from $46,800 to $49,500.

We have no qualms with believing that the Integra Type S will be superior when it comes to driving, in comparison to its four-wheel drive competitors; yet, whether or not the extra five horsepower which it has over the Civic Type R merits a higher cost is still up in the ether. Our skepticism leads us to doubt that.

This coming weekend will mark the premiere of the Integra Type S in all its glory at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with legitimate sales beginning in June.


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