The Honda Integra Type S performance-car nameplate has returned through the company’s US luxury division Acura. But it is not planned for Australia to sit alongside the Civic Type R.
Honda’s US luxury division Acura has dusted off an iconic badge for its version of the Civic Type R hot hatch, the new 2024 Acura Integra Type S – but it will not be built in right-hand drive for sale in Australia.
Based on the reborn, five-door Integra hatch revealed last year, the Integra Type S is the luxury version of the Honda Civic Type R – and the third model under the revived Type S sub-brand, now an Acura exclusive.
It is powered by the Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, now tuned to develop 239kW and 420Nm – an increase of just 4kW compared to the Honda.
It is matched with the same six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive layout as the Type R – despite the availability of a 10-speed auto and all-wheel drive on other Acura cars with the same engine.
Drive to the wheels is aided by a mechanical limited-slip front differential, while there is a unique sports exhaust system claimed to deliver “pops and bangs” in its sportiest mode – though it breathes through similar triple exhaust tips to the Honda.
The Type S leans on many of the Type R’s performance upgrades over the regular Civic, including wider wheel tracks (89mm up front and 48mm at the rear vs a regular Integra), dual-axis front suspension claimed to reduce torque steer, and a stiffer front stabiliser bar.
Adaptive suspension with three modes – Comfort, Sport and Sport+ instead of the Honda’s Comfort, Sport and +R settings – is standard.
There are 19-inch grey wheels in a design unique to the Acura – said to be inspired by the NSX supercar – wrapped in the same 265/30 R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S performance tyres as its Civic Type R twin.
The brakes are also shared, comprising 350mm two-piece front rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers, and 305mm rear rotors.
Honda USA specifications show the Integra Type S is 14kg heavier than an equivalent Civic Type R, at 1460kg (vs 1446kg).
The Acura Integra Type S swaps the Civic Type R’s tall rear wing for a black lip spoiler, but the rest of its design is similarly extroverted.
The Type S can be distinguished from a standard Acura Integra through its 71mm-wider wheel arches, more aggressive front fascia with black air intakes, a vented aluminium bonnet claimed to improve airflow by 170 per cent, and new side skirts.
There is a new rear bumper to incorporate the Type R-derived triple exhaust tips, while there are Type S badges on the grille, front wheel arches and tailgate, and available carbon-fibre mirror caps.
In a nod to the late-1990s ‘DC2’ Integra, there are ‘INTEGRA’ wordmarks embossed into the front and rear bumpers – a detail shared with the standard, new-generation Integra.
Seven colours are available, including the Type S-exclusive Tiger Eye Pearl gold.
Inside, the Civic Type R’s race-inspired bucket seats and red suede upholstery are ditched in favour of more luxurious (but still sports-oriented) seats trimmed in red, white or black leather and Ultrasuede, with heating (not available in the Type R) and Type S embossing.
Other highlights include an anodised shift knob with red accents and a black Ultrasuede boot, a leather or suede steering wheel with red contrast stitching, and various Type S badges.
Features shared with the Civic Type R include a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, 9.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry and start, dual-zone air conditioning, and a suite of advanced safety technology.
However, Integra Type S exclusives include a head-up display, 16-speaker ELS Studio premium sound system, heated front seats, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.
The 2024 Acura Integra Type S is expected to arrive in US showrooms later this year.
However, it won’t be sold in Australia as – like most new Acura vehicles – the new Acura Integra range is built exclusively in left-hand drive in the US, rather than in right-hand drive in Japan like the Civic Type R.