The New Integra Is Killer, But the Type S Could Topple a Kia Stinger
The new Acura Integra adds modern sports sedan credentials to the beloved namesake. Better yet, Honda announced that the new Acura Integra would boast a Type S model. The Type S promises to be more powerful and sharper than its 200-horsepower base model, but can it go toe-to-toe with other sports sedans? Moreover, can the new Integra Type S handle a larger, well-established sports sedan like the Kia Stinger?
How much HP will the new Integra have?
While the new Acura Integra is sharp, sporty, and packs an optional six-speed manual transmission, it’s not exactly fast. The sports sedan packs a 1.5L engine that produces 200 horsepower. In Car and Driver’s testing, the range-topping A-Spec with an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. Moreover, the automatic-equipped 2023 Acura Integra A-Spec covered the quarter mile in around 15.5 seconds.
The news doesn’t get much better for the three-pedal sports sedan; the manual model shaved just 0.1 seconds off its 60 mph sprint. Also, the manual A-Spec required 15.3 seconds to cross the line in the quarter mile. Still, the Acura didn’t intend for the Integra to win any drag races; the Acura model a focused sports sedan with adaptive dampers and a thoroughly appreciated manual transmission. However, the 2024 Acura Integra Type S will pack over 300 horsepower with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine to complement its sporty demeanor.
How fast can Kia Stingers go?
Compared to the base model Acura, the Kia Stinger is a cruise missile. In MotorTrend’s testing, the entry-level Kia Stinger GT-Line hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds on its way to a 14.1-second quarter mile. It’s no surprise, either; the GT-Line packs an extra 100 horsepower over the Integra. However, the Stinger and other sports sedans must contend with the upcoming Acura Integra Type S and its 300+ horsepower Civic Type R heart.
Is Honda coming out with a new Integra?
The new Integra is entering its second year after the reboot. Unfortunately, for potential owners who want the more powerful Type S now, the 2023 Acura Integra won’t offer it in its lineup. Still, the 2024 Type S is on the way, and it promises to fight not just the Kia Stinger GT-Line, but perhaps even the twin-turbocharged GT2.
Moreover, the Type S will pack track-happy components like a limited-slip differential and six-speed manual transmission. Further indication of the Type S’ fun factor is its front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform in lieu of an AWD application. It’s unclear whether the new Integra will pack optional AWD in the future, but the 2023 Acura Integra goes without four-tire power.
Is the Integra just a Civic?
Like the constant jesting of the Toyota GR Supra’s close relationship with the BMW Z4, the Type S shares DNA with the Honda Civic Type R. Both cars pack a Honda 2.0L four-cylinder engine and track-ready components. In fact, Car and Driver say the Type S will share the Type R’s limited-slip differential and transmission. While the Integra isn’t a Honda Civic Type R, it shares many sharp components with Honda’s hot hatch.
That’s not bad, though; the Type R can hit 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds. As a result, the manual-equipped Type S will likely outrun Kia Stinger GT-Line with ease and give the GT2 a run for its money.