24 Facts About Acura Integra


Honda Integra, marketed in North America as the Acura Integra, is an automobile produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda from 1985 until 2006, and then since 2021.

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Acura Integra nameplate was revived in 2021 after a 16-year hiatus.

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In Japan, the Acura Integra took the entry level marketing position at Honda Verno, below the sporty Prelude and larger, luxury focused Vigor.

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The Acura Integra EX16 did offer a sunroof, painted bumpers, a rear spoiler and Hi-Fi stereo equipment, but neither electric windows, central locking nor air conditioning were available.

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The first Acura Integra never became as popular in Europe as it did in the US, but was praised by most motor magazines for its styling and overall road performance.

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The styling reflected the popularity of Honda's performance coupe, the Honda Verno sports coupe companion Honda Prelude, with the Acura Integra offering a coupe for added cargo accommodation, and a slightly smaller appearance to the larger Honda Vigor.

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Just like the Prelude and the Vigor of that period, the Acura Integra featured sleek, sporty pop-up headlights, like its Japanese dealership Honda Verno stablemates, with the CRX adopting semi-concealed doors over the headlights.

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Acura Integra received a minor facelift for the 1988 model year which featured slightly reshaped indicator lights, an improved climate control system and an update of the instrument clocks.

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Second generation Acura Integra was introduced in April 1989, featuring the first VTEC engine ever manufactured by Honda .

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The Acura Integra sedan saw competition from the similarly sized Toyota Corolla Ceres, the Toyota Sprinter Marino, the Nissan Presea, and the Mazda Lantis.

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Acura Integra offered three trim levels for 1990 and 1991 model years and added a fourth trim level beginning in May 1992.

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Dealer-installed options for the third generation Acura Integra included: security system, 15-inch alloy wheels, trunk mat, splash guards, fog lights, rear-wing spoiler, moonroof, CD changer, leather seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel.

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In Japan, the Acura Integra is revered as one of the best sports cars of the '90s.

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Acura Integra SJ was a rebadged Civic Ferio, with modified headlamps and grille similar to the Orthia's and slightly larger rear lights that were utilized on the Japanese market Civic LEV sedan.

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In Thailand, the Acura Integra SJ was sold as the Isuzu Vertex, the last Isuzu passenger car ever for that market.

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The Acura Integra came in two models in the United States, the RSX and the RSX Type-S boasting the K20A2 engine from 2002 to 2004, while the 2005 and 2006 RSX-S came with a K20Z1.

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In March 2006, Honda announced that the Acura Integra would be discontinued in June after its final 300 cars were sold, due to the shrinkage of the coupe market.

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The Acura Integra RSX was discontinued as well, as the RSX did not fit within the confines of Acura Integra's re-structured market strategy.

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China-exclusive fifth-generation Honda Acura Integra sedan was introduced in September 2021 as the twin model of the eleventh-generation Civic sedan, produced by Guangqi Honda.

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The design of the production Acura Integra is nearly identical to the pre-production version the yellow exterior color and exterior decals shown on the pre-production model would not be available on the production model.

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Acura Integra is available in three trim levels: an unnamed base model, the mid-level A-Spec, and the top-tier A-Spec Technology Package.

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In 1987 and 1988, the Acura Integra won two consecutive IMSA International Sedan series manufacturers' championships, while Parker Johnstone won drivers' championship in the same years driving the Acura Integra.

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In 1992, the Acura Integra was used in Formula One as a safety car at the Canadian Grand Prix.

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The BTC-T version of the Acura Integra was very successful in the British Touring Car Championship, winning 27 races and becoming the champion in 2005 and 2006, despite being only entered by privateer teams.

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