Acura Integra, the car you have been waiting for is finally here. The base model did not meet all expectations, but this new 2024 Type S performance version with 320 horsepower ensures the Integra will remain a part of the sport compact conversation. The Type S, like the Integra standard, borrows many components from the Honda Civic. In this case, however, these components are from the hot Civic Type R hatchback.
2024 Acura Integra Redesign
This includes the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that Acura uses to produce 320 horsepower and torque of 310-pound feet. Acura claims that the Integra has an exhaust system unique to it, which is why the Integra produces 5 more horsepower than the Civic. It could be a way to brag, but we believe the acceleration of the two cars will be comparable. The Acura’s curb weight claims are around 30 pounds more than that of the Civic Type R. The Type S is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox that has a rev-matching function. A limited-slip diff is also standard.
Interior & Exterior
The chassis upgrade is also included. Integra’s front and rear tracks have been widened, and it has the same dual-axis suspension system as the Civic Type R to reduce torque steer. Adaptive dampers are also available on the Integra ASpec and adjust based on the selected drive mode, which, in the Type S, includes Comfort, Sport, or Sport+. The brakes have been upgraded to larger rotors on the front, while the lightweight 19-inch wheel is wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Summer tires.
The Integra is designed to appeal to different fans than the Civic. Its looks are more subdued compared to the Type R street racer. Integra’s active engine exhaust promises to be even louder than Civic’s with lots of bangs and pops when in Sport+ mode. Seven colors are available, including white, blue, and the gold Tiger Eye Pearl color on the TLX Type S and MDX Type S.
The Type S has front seats that have a little extra padding and are covered in leather and suede in red, black, or white. Some features are not available on the Civic Type R. These include a head-up screen and a 16-speaker ELS audio system. The driver’s seat has a lumbar adjustment and is power adjustable. The Type S loses its rear center seat, making it a four-seater. The 9.0-inch touchscreen has Apple CarPlay wireless and Android Auto capabilities.
The Type S has larger wheels, measuring 19 inches across and 9.5 in width. Acura claims that the wheel-and-tire package is lighter than Integra ASpec’s. The wheels have Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber, just like the Type R. However, there is no information yet on whether the dealers will offer the Cup 2 rubber that’s available on the Civic. These wheels are also fitted with Brembo brakes that are larger than the Integra’s standard brakes.
The Type S has a unique interior, including sportier seats with perforated leather and a leather-wrapped wheel. Acura says the Type S cockpit was designed for comfort in high-G conditions. The front seats have more substantial bolsters to keep the driver and passenger secure through twisties.
Unfortunately, my predictions for the Integra Type S were wrong. The car will not be produced at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center but rather in Marysville, Ohio, the same plant that produces the base model. I’m not the automotive Oracle for Delphi. You and I both feel the same way about this.
2024 Acura Integra Price & Release Date
Acura hasn’t yet priced the Integra Type S, but this information will be critical to understanding its positioning. We hope it’s under $50,000. That would be a few thousand more than the Civic Type R and put it in the same price range as German rivals like the Audi S3 or BMW M235i Gran Coupe. The Type S is expected to reach U.S. dealers in June, after its debut at the Acura Gran Prix of Long Beach this weekend.