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The 2024 Acura Integra Type S is the most expensive and most powerful trim in the four-door hatchback’s range. It has an upgraded powertrain, more aggressive exterior aesthetics, and an adaptive suspension that adjusts to your driving needs. However, it also eclipses the $50,000 mark, which could be expensive for many prospective buyers. Here are a few reasons the hefty price tag could be worth it.

The 2024 Acura Integra Type S’ powertrain is the highlight of the show

2024 Acura Integra Type S side view
2024 Acura Integra Type S | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Any time Acura attaches a “Type S” moniker to any of its cars, you know it will be fast. Much like BMW and its “M” cars and Mercedes with its “AMG” performance variants, Acura’s Type S badge means business. Most of that business lies under the hood.

As for the 2024 Integra Type S, the star of the show is its turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. It generates a whopping 320 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which puts it on par with sporty competitors like the Audi S5 and the Mercedes-AMG CLA 65. That’s impressive, considering the Integra is still technically a Honda. That means it puts the power to the front wheels, which may sound like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Rest assured, this Acura has plenty of ammo up its sleeve in the form of a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential. The editors at MotorTrend were able to get the Integra Type S up to 60 mph from a stop in only 5.2 seconds, which shows this model has plenty of scoot.

The Integra Type S has an adaptive suspension

2024 Acura Integra Type S front 19-inch wheel
2024 Acura Integra Type S | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

The Acura Integra Type S has the handling prowess to back all of that performance up. Behind the 19-inch wheels and tires lie an adaptive suspension that can be put into three different modes – Comfort, Sport, and Sport plus.

The Comfort mode softens things up a bit when driving around town, but we did detect a lot of road noise from the large, sticky tires. Putting the suspension in Sport makes the suspension a little stiffer, tightens up the steering response, and sharpens the throttle. The Sport plus mode really tightens everything up and makes the car feel rigid, like a racecar. It makes it more fun to drive, but it can be a little harsh over uneven pavement.

The range-topping Acura Integra Type S has every feature you could want

2024 Acura Integra Type S infotainment system
2024 Acura Integra Type S | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Do you want wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto, powered front seats, and a microsuede interior? Fortunately, the Acura Integra Type S has all of that and more. It also has a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system linked to an ELS surround system with 16 speakers.

There are even speakers in the headliner! You probably see what we’re getting here; the top-trim Integra Type S has all the tech and interior features you could want. It even has heated front seats and a head-up display.

The $50,000 price may be steep, but it’s worth it

Ultimately, although the $50,800 starting price for the 2024 Acura Integra Type S may be steep, but it’s worth it. Sure, we would love to see this car start closer to $45,000, like the Honda Civic Type R on which it’s based. But all things considered, especially after driving the car, we think the hefty price tag is worth it.