By April 1, 2016

Acura Hints at Possible Integra Revival

Acura could be working on a new sporty coupe that would fill the spiritual shoes of the company’s previous Integra and RSX models. Rumors of a revived Acura Integra are nothing new, but it sounds as if Acura is getting serious about the subject. In an interview on the sidelines of the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Acura chief designer Dave Marek revealed that “there are lots of resources and activity going into making Acura back into what it was.”

Chief among those changes could be launching a small performance coupe along the lines of Acura’s previous Integra and RSX models. “A performance brand needs a flagship and it needs an accessible sport car,” said Marek. “Not a sports car, but a sport car.” No timetable has been revealed for the “sport car,” but the two-door could arrive in 2017.

The Acura Integra (more commonly known as the Honda Integra) succeeded the Honda Quint as the slightly larger derivative of the Civic and each generation of the Integra was derived from the contemporary generation of the Civic. Being more luxurious and sports-oriented than the Quint, the Integra was one of the launch models for Acura in 1986, along with the Legend.

Throughout its life, the Integra was highly regarded for its handling and performance. Car and Driver magazine named the Integra to its annual Ten Best list six times: in 1987, 1988, and 1994 through 1997. The GS-R model was called out specifically in 1994 and 1995. It made a return on the Ten Best list as the Acura RSX, in 2002 and 2003.

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