2024 Acura Integra Type S Reinvents Fast & Furious Performance, Type R In Cocktail Wear

A Better Type R? // 2024 Acura Integra Type S Review
A Better Type R? // 2024 Acura Integra Type S Review

When Acura confirmed that it was developing the 2024 Integra Type S, we assumed that it would not only be a throwback to the 1990s, but that it would also take the Type R’s best performance bits and add its own unique ingredients to the mix. The brand proved this assumption to be largely correct with the latest member of the Type S family mixing old and new traits together into one cohesive package.

Integra Type S Wants To Party Like Its 1999!

The exterior styling of the Integra Type S shares some core themes with the standard Integra but Acura designers knew that this spunky little compact needed more cooling and that’s why they completely reworked the entire front end to achieve this goal. The lower bumper has larger intakes to help channel cold air to where its needed the most while the hood gets an integrated hood scoop. The Integra Type S is 2.8-inches wider than a normal Integra and some of that width is on display with its new wheel flares which accommodate larger rubber that’s mounted on 19-inch alloy wheels.

The rear styling also gets tweaked with the rear of the car featuring a new diffuser, trunk mounted spoiler and a large set of triple exhaust tips that are mounted to a free flowing exhaust system. The package is largely what you see on the Civic Type R but Acura claims that tweaks to its set of pipes allow the car to breathe better and to also make better noises when placed in Sport + mode. The exterior also gets embossed Integra monikers on the front and rear end which is a nod to its 1990s era ancestors and is a welcome slice of nostalgia on the otherwise futuristic design.

The interior also gets in on the act too with Acura designers using premium materials throughout. Perforated leather is used in select spots while the steering wheel gets an Alcantara wrap. Like its Civic cousin, all Type S models get a six-speed manual with the shift knob being made out of dark anodized metal. A 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard with the software coming bundled with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Acura’s 10.2-inch Precision Cockpit system (aka digital instrument cluster) is also standard along with AcuraWatch and a 16-speaker ELS 3D sound system.

Potent Performance Lurks Under The Hood Of Type S

All 2024 Integra Type S models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 320-horsepower and is lifted from the Civic Type R. Acura claims that performance tweaks to its version of the 2.0-liter allow the engine to produce five more horsepower than its Honda badged counterpart. All of this power is channeled to the front wheels but tweaks to the suspension and a helical limited slip differential help keep torque steer firmly at bay.

Along with the extra power, Acura also gave the Type S beefier brakes to help bring the fun to a safe and stable stop. Acura claims that all of this is also highly customizable with buyers being able to alter select settings of the car via software in the infotainment system which allows them to tailor the car to their own distinct tastes. Acura didn’t release any pricing for the 2024 Integra Type S as of yet, but did confirm that the model will go on sale in June and will be assembled at the brand’s plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.

Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.

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