The 2024 Integra Type-S Is Proof Acura Doesn’t Care What Fans Think

2024 Acura Integra Type-S // New OEM Genuine Accessories | Vossen HF-5 (Part 2)
2024 Acura Integra Type-S // New OEM Genuine Accessories | Vossen HF-5 (Part 2)

The Acura Integra has a place in automotive history as one of the best, front-wheel-drive cars to come out of Japan. The nameplate dates back to 1986 and until now it has, mostly, not failed to impress. While the 2023 Acura Integra was, not at all, what many enthusiasts had hoped for, the model is about to receive a fresh dose of performance as the 2024 Integra Type-S has finally been confirmed. If you were expecting something completely new, however, get ready to be disappointed as the 2023 Honda Civic Type-R genes seem to be running strong here.

Everything Hints to the 2024 Integra Type-S Getting the Civic Type-R Engine

While the Integra Type S is still heavily camouflaged, there are plenty of hints giving away the powerplant. At this point, the Japanese luxury brand is keeping a tight lip regarding the Acura Integra Type S hardware but it is almost a no-brainer that it is going to come with the K20C, 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-four engine you get in the Honda Civic Type-R.

The Hood Scoop

Aside from being the logical engine choice, there’s plenty of visual proof. At the front, you can clearly see the hood scoop, which is very similar to the one you see on the Honda Civic Type-R. To be more specific, the air duct on the current Civic Type-R and, by extension, on the upcoming 2024 Integra Type-S, is an air extractor unlike the one featured on the 2017 model, which looks to be an air intake.

The Triple Exhaust

You will probably agree that the last few generations of the Honda Civic Type-R are not easy on the eyes. Among the many distinctive features of the Japanese hot hatch are the triple exhaust tips. It looks like the same design element will be shared by the 2024 Acura Integra Type-S. Those three “trumpets” are there for a reason, however. The middle one leads to a resonator, which at highway speeds, hits a certain frequency thus eliminating drowning. At the same time, the car is loud when driven at low speeds and high RPMs, giving you that racer-boy vibe, many Honda fans seem to be going for.

Bigger Wheels and Brakes…Like on the Civic Type-R

As expected from a performance version, the Integra Type-S scores bigger wheels and bigger Brembo brakes. As the car is still in pre-production form, Acura has not given any specific details regarding the wheel size and brakes, but it looks like we are getting the same 9.5×19-inch wheel design as the 2023 Civic Type-R. The size of the four-piston Brembo brakes also seems to be similar to the Civic Type-R brakes, which are 13.8-inch at the front and 12.0-inch at the rear.

Hope for the Best, Assume the Worst

At this point, we know that the 2024 Acura Integra Type-S will pack 315 horsepower (235 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) from the Civic Type-R’s 2.0-liter, K20C, turbo-four engine. While we also expect the Civic’s six-speed manual to also be featured here, along with its limited-slip differential, there have been rumors about an automatic version.

We really hope Acura isn’t going to put the CVT unit in the Integra Type-S although this unit is, likely, not meant for that kind of horsepower and torque output. A 10-speed automatic is an option, but it may present difficulties with packaging. So far, we have seen it only on Honda and Acura’s bigger models like the Accord and TLX (non-Type-S model).

This leaves the eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic as the only viable option for the new Integra Type-S. A version of the DCT unit is fitted on the Acura TLX Type-S. The same transmission can be found in the smaller, Acura ILX, which shares a platform with the Civic and new Integra so packaging should not be a problem.

Another feature, fans are hoping for is an all-wheel-drive system. The SH-AWD system can be seen on models like the Acura TLX Type-S where it works together with the aforementioned, eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic. A similar setup would make the upcoming Acura Integra Type-S much more competitive against competitors like the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo and more importantly, the German offerings from Volkswagen, BMW, and Audi. It would also make the more luxurious Acura model stand out a bit more from its more humble, Honda sibling.

While any footage of it has gone into obscurity, we know that, at one point, Honda was testing an all-wheel-drive rally car, based on the tenth-generation Honda Civic Coupe. At least for now, Honda hasn’t made the move to go rallying, which could mean that the car in question was, likely, a developmental prototype for something. We don’t want to get your hopes up, but we do hope the 2024 Acura Integra Type-S comes with all-wheel-drive as standard.

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