The highly anticipated 2024 Acura Integra Types S will arrive at dealerships today with a base price of $50,800 (excluding destination charges and potential dealer markups). The latest addition to the Acura lineup marks the brand’s fourth Type S variant within the past two years. However, what sets the Integra Type S apart is its authentic sports car capabilities for a ‘reasonable’ price.
At the heart of the Acura Integra Type S lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine, generating an impressive 320 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Sharing this powertrain with the renowned Honda Civic Type R, the Acura variant boasts an additional five horsepower. With a price tag approximately $6,000 higher than the Type R, many enthusiasts believe the Acura offers a more appealing and attractive overall package.
Emphasizing its performance-oriented nature, the Type S exclusively offers a 6-speed manual transmission, enhancing the engaging driving experience. Additionally, the car is equipped with a limited-slip differential, further distinguishing it from its competitors and solidifying its sports car pedigree.
In terms of suspension and handling, the Acura Integra Type S showcases an innovative dual-axis front suspension design, coupled with performance-tuned adaptive dampers. These features contribute to superior cornering and ride quality. Complementing this setup are the 265/30ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance summer tires, ensuring optimal traction, while the Brembo front brakes enable swift and confident stops.
While some may argue that the premium price of the Integra Type S doesn’t justify the upgrade from the new Honda Civic Type R, initial reviews out today from journalists have been surprisingly positive. Furthermore, the interior of the Integra surpasses that of the Civic, boasting high-quality materials, heated front seats, and a 16-speaker ELZ Studio 3D premium audio system. With these enhancements, the overall package of the Acura Integra Type S competes favorably against its European counterparts, recognizing the significance of image in this segment.
Acura has grand plans to showcase the Integra Type S extensively, capitalizing on its charm not only on the silver screen but also in real-life adventures. The brand has already launched the latest season of its anime series, “Chiaki’s Journey,” featuring the Integra Type S as the protagonist’s vehicle of choice as she embarks on the Pike’s Peak hill climb. To bring this connection between art and reality even closer, Acura will participate in the actual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb alongside its siblings later this month. The Integra Type S will feature a range of custom upgrades and an eye-catching livery inspired by the anime, further accentuating its presence on and off the screen.