Acura Integra models

November 18, 2015

Acura Integra models

The Acura Integra was launched in the United States in 1986 as one of two introductory vehicles of Honda's new luxury vehicle division. The Integra sold under the Acura brand in North America is a sporty two-door or four-door hatchback that was sold from 1986 to 2001 in the United States. In all other automotive markets outside of North America the Integra was sold as the Honda Integra and continued to be sold in its home country of Japan until 2007. Car and Driver magazine included the Integra on its annual Ten Best list six times, with the GS-R model called out specifically in two of those years.

The first generation Acura Integra, produced from 1986 to 1989, was offered in two body styles, a two-door or four-door hatchback, across two trim levels the base RS or the more luxurious LS. Based on the Honda Civic, the Integra offered a number of enhancements including the upgraded interior and exterior styling, but most notably it included a more powerful 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine sold at a time when DOHC, multi-valve engines were rare among entry level vehicles.

All Integra's were offered standard with a five-speed manual transmission, with an optional four-speed automatic also offered. The first generation Integra was successful selling almost 228,000 cars in its first four years against its primary competition the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Toyota Corolla E80, Ford Probe, and Honda's own Civic.

For the 1990 model year, Acura upgraded the engine to a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder generating 130 hp. The second generation Integra still offered the two-door hatchback but replaced the four-door hatchback with a more traditional four-door sedan. Available trim levels included the base RS, the LS, and a new GS which included anti-lock brakes and optional leather interior was offered starting in 1991.

In 1992, Acura added the performance-oriented GS-R trim which was powered by a 170 hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with its VTEC variable valve timing system first introduced on the exotic NSX. Over 262,000 Integra's were sold from 1990 to 1993.

For the 1994 model year, Acura introduced a remodeled Integra with a distinctive four headlight front end design. The standard Integra engine's power was increased to 142 hp, while the GS-R's engine increased to 182 hp for 1994. In 1998 the front end was redesigned so that the slightly larger headlights were flush with the bumper, as opposed to the previous headlights that were set deeper within their cavities.

Acura's limited edition Integra Type R debuted in 1997 offered only as a coupe and initially in only one color, Championship White. Designed for performance, the Type R's 1.8-liter engine produced 195 hp. The Type R utilized lighter body parts which lowered its weight by almost 100 pounds. It also featured a tuned suspension system, better brakes, a limited-slip differential, and a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission. Also produced in 1998 and in 2000, the Type R was later offered in yellow and black. In 2001, Acura replaced the Integra with the RSX, its new entry level model.