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.
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.