The 2024 Acura Integra Type S Is A Pricey Way Of Getting A Civic Type R With Heated Seats But I Have A Solution

2024 Acura Integra Type S // Road Review, Drag Race + Lap Time
2024 Acura Integra Type S // Road Review, Drag Race + Lap Time

Acura has just released pricing for the 320-horsepower 2024 Integra Type S, and before I reveal it to you, I want you to take some precautions. For purposes of safety, ensure that you’re sitting down, not eating or drinking, and are away from anyone who’ll judge you for bursting into laughter. Ready? This hot Integra stickers for $51,995 including an $1,195 freight charge. That’s $7,105 more than a Honda Civic Type R.

So what exactly do you get for $7,105 aside from different styling and a handful more horsepower? Well, the Integra Type S includes niceties not found on the Civic Type R such as a massive stereo and heated seats. Actually, that’s about all it includes, making this one of the biggest walk-ups to heated seats I’ve ever seen.

A $50,000-plus price tag makes the Integra Type S a hard sell because it falls among a bunch of more-focused sports cars along with cars that are known to be exquisite daily drivers. Let’s kick things off on the sports car side of things, assuming rear seats aren’t a concern. Want a manual Toyota GR Supra? That’s only $2,700 more than this Acura, and it comes with BMW’s phenomenal B58 turbocharged three-liter inline-six. If you prefer your rear-wheel-drive Japanese coupes to be all Japanese, the Nissan Z Performance trim with the mechanical limited-slip diff lists for $90 more than an Integra Type S. Granted, the Type S will likely be more involving than the Z, but different people have different priorities.

On the fast over-the-road daily category, you’re spoiled for choice around $50,000. There’s the BMW M240i, a pint-sized sledgehammer ready to munch up miles at an astonishing rate. It starts at $49,895 including freight which seems like a bit of a bargain. Oh, and if you want American beef, you can always pre-order a brand new 2024 Ford Mustang GT with the performance package for $49,085.

In context, the 2024 Acura Integra Type S doesn’t seem like a brilliant bargain, especially when compared to the Civic Type R it’s based on. The Acura costs a lot more money and doesn’t bring a massive additional feature set to the table, but fortunately, I think I’ve found a solution.

This is a Milwaukee M12 heated vest kit, powered by the same sort of battery Milwaukee uses to power small tools. It costs $179 at pretty much any Home Depot in the country, and that sounds expensive, but it’s incredibly warm and actually a bargain for one big reason.

This is a Honda Civic Type R, and it lists for $44,890. However, as I mentioned earlier, that sort of coin doesn’t include heated seats, nor are they optional in any way from the factory. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a Civic Type R plus one fancy heated vest works out to $45,069. Nice. So, if you want a very quick new Honda and want heated seats, just buy a Civic Type R, some outerwear, and tell your passenger they can buy their own fancy vest should they wish to stay warm. It sounds a bit cruel, but it works out $6,926 cheaper than buying an Integra Type S.

However, some people will still want the 16-speaker ELS audio system offered by the Integra Type S that you just can’t get in the Civic Type R, in which case pre-orders start on May 11 at 10:00 p.m. PT on Acura’s website. The good news is that once a pre-order is submitted, it won’t take long for a car to show up. Acura says enthusiasts can expect to see Integra Type S examples rolling into showrooms in June.

(Photo credits: Acura, Milwaukee)

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