It’s no secret that the reborn Integra is a departure from the two-door sports coupe of past versions. Fans have still held out hope for its athletic capabilities thanks to little details like the inclusion of a manual transmission. It turns out that if you want to go fast you’d be better off in either of the last two generations.
Very few new cars have had the same sort of buzz around them as the new Integra. Billed as a return to the athleticism of Acura’s past, the car is built on the same platform as the Civic Si. That car has already proved its mettle and now we’re getting the first reviews of the new Integra back.
A new report from MotorTrend says that the fastest that they could get the Integra to go from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) was 7.7 seconds, while the quarter mile was completed in 15.7 seconds at 91 mph (146 km/h). To put that into perspective, independent tests show that the last Acura Integra Type R, built in 2001, could sprint to 60 in just 7.0 seconds. The car that fits between that one and the new Integra, the RSX Type-S (which is largely considered a part of the fourth generation of the Integra family), could do it in 6.2.
Of course, both of those cars feature two fewer doors and a lot less safety equipment, as well as a lot less luxury than the new Integra. At the same time, we figured that the new car would at least come close to the 0-60 time set by the Civic Si which is 6.6 seconds. Even the hatchback version of the Civic is faster with a time of just 7.3 seconds. The CVT-equipped Civic hatchback cuts just 0.1 seconds off of that mark.
Part of the gap could very well be the rubber that these cars come with. The Civic has optional summer tires whereas the Integra is only available with all-season radials. In general, the folks at MotorTrend feel like the Integra just isn’t as sharp as it could be. Will the luxury appointments that it has over the Civic make up for those shortcomings? We’ll wait to see what the sales numbers tell us.