Fans of the Acura Integra were thrilled when Honda’s luxury brand said it would be bringing the nameplate back. Now they have more to be excited about, as the Type S model will arrive this summer with a 320-horsepower engine.
The 2024 Integra Type S boasts a 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine derived from the company’s racing outfit. The 320 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque comes with class-leading power-to-weight ratio, “taking Integra performance to its highest levels yet,” the company said.
The high-revving engine is paired exclusively with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, the Integra Type S should boast impressive street performance while offering premium appointments. It will be officially revealed next month ahead of the 48th annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
In the works
The Type S came to light last December. When the brand teased its arrival with a camouflaged version zipping around the Honda Tochigi R&D center in Japan. At the time, officials provided minimal detail, but it appeared as if it would make extensive use of powertrain and other components already in use for the more mainstream Honda Civic Type R.
As for ride and handling, the Type S likely brings a significant upgrade to the Integra’s base suspension — much as Honda did with the Civic Type R. A handful of colleagues who drove a pre-production prototype suggest the Type S has a more solid and well-planted ride that’s notable when cornering. It also boasts a heavier and more precise steering feel.
Anticipate the Integra Type S will come with unique rubber, most likely Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires wrapped around distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels.
Design and pricing
The premium nature of the Acura model means it won’t have all the scoops or the big wing that adorn the Civic Type R. Nonetheless, the teaser pics can’t hide the fact that the Type S will see some sportier body updates. Likewise, reports from Japan indicate the Integra interior won’t bring nearly as aggressive update. There will be more bolstered seating and distinct new gauges and aluminum pedals are a strong possibility.
As for competition, expect to see the 2024 Acura Integra Type S go up against compact European models like the BMW M235i Gran Coupe and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35. Both of those offer all-wheel drive, however, so that should mean a price advantage for the Japanese sport sedan.
As for pricing, we’ll have to wait for that — though you’re welcome to draw a conclusion from these comparisons. The Integra A-Spec starts around $32,000. Meanwhile, the new Civic Type R pushes $43,000.