The Integra was the first vehicle released by Honda’s luxury brand, Acura. The vehicle was the product of engineering and excellent designing, all of which were essential to deliver the best luxury car for consumers. The Acura is known for its excellent build quality and top notch performance which is on par with that of its luxury counterparts in Europe.
1986: First generation
The first Integra debuted in the United States back in 1986, one year after it was first released in Japan. It came in three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback and four-door sedan variants. The vehicle was powered with a 1.6 liter double overhead camshaft (DOHC) four-cylinder engine, a relative rarity for entry vehicles at the time and one of the main selling points of the Integra. The vehicle was also available with a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmission. In 1988, the Integra engine was upgraded, increasing engine output from 113 to 118 horsepower. The new engine was called the “blacktop” due to the black color of its valve cover.
1990: Second generation
Acura’s second generation Integra was offered as a two-door coupe and a four-door sedan. It came with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine and had a five-speed or a 4-speed automatic transmission. A retractable shoulder belt was introduced in 1991, partly due to US laws mandating the installation of shoulder belt systems in all vehicles. In 1992, the Integra engine’s output was increased to 140 horsepower. During the same year, a new 1.7 liter four-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower was offered along with the high performance GS-R trim. The VTEC system was also introduced to the GS-R trim which led many to regard the Integra GS-R as a top performing driver’s car. The handling and performance of the car was simply unmatched by many vehicles at the time.
1993: Third generation
Two-door hatchbacks and four-door sedans were the two body styles offered with the third generation Integra. Most Integras came with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine that produced 142 horsepower while the GS-R Integra came with a 1.8 four-cylinder engine that produced 170 horsepower and included a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. In 1997, a limited edition Integra was released called the type R. It had even better performance than the GS-R thanks to its 1.8 liter engine that produced an amazing 195 horsepower. The type R was fitted with lighter materials and an upgraded suspension system.
2002: The final generation
The last Integra, a three-door coupe, was released in the United States bearing the name, Acura RSX. The car came in two models, the base RSX and the performance RSX-S. Production of the coupe ceased in July, 2006, due mostly to the shrinking demand for the performance car at the time.