So Honda are trolling?
Honda/Acrua certainly have all the pieces to make the Integra a solid performance sedan. It just depends whether or no they put the effort in or not.I won’t be a buyer (a 2024 Nismo Z has my name on it) but am no less a fan of the Integra. I drove one from the 90’s and my good friend’s 87 two-door hatch when we were in college - both had manual transmissions. They’ve always been great cars, so I hope Acura has spent enough on R&D to meet the public’s lofty expectations. The Integra won’t be a lightweight due not to just having four doors, but because of modern safety equipment, more luxury than the Civic (on which it’s likely based) and the heftier high performance equipment needed to make it perform competitively. I’d guess 3300 lbs +/-, 270-280hp base and probably a Type-R with 310-320hp/manual transmission from the CTR. That Honda offered a manual for the 2.0T Accord means developing one for the base Integra wouldn’t cost much as it would just need certification. The same is true for a Type-R. Honda fumbled the ball with that stick Accord. Had they made a true Accord Type-R, they’d have had a hit on their hands and would still be selling all they could make just like the CTR does to this day. The problem was that they took a half measure, softening/detuning everything in that Accord instead of going all the way by including everything that makes the CTR great. Hopefully it’s a lesson learned and will make the Integra that much better by offering a stick-only Type-R and perhaps even offering an optional manual in the base car. The Type-R is a foregone conclusion because it would be asinine for Honda to screw up the Integra and not offer it. That Toyota MASSIVELY screwed up the Supra means it’s not impossible for Acura to do the same with the Integra, though we know for sure it won’t be a BMW …. All that said, it’ll be entertaining to see what happens over the next year or so as the Z becomes available and we learn more of the Integra.