Acura’s Integra is a premium sports sedan from a company with a solid pedigree producing some fantastic vehicles. The new Type S trim adds the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, up in power and panache from the base Integra, which we also loved when we tested it. Having driven both versions of the Integra, here is why we think buyers should opt for the Type S.
2024 Acura Integra Type S- Engine
The Integra Type S comes with the better engine. If you are buying a sports sedan, why not get the best engine? The 2.0-turbo is a fantastic motor. It pulls strongly from any situation. The power is more than 50% greater than the power in the base Integra. 320 hp is respectable and more than you need in any front-wheel drive sedan. What we liked even more was the added torque. With 310 lb-ft at 2,600 RPM, the Integra offers torque that any owner will find enjoyable
2024 Acura Integra Type S- Transmission
If you are not buying a stick shift Integra, the base is fine. However, if you are getting a stick, you will love the one in the Integra. The six-speed is much more involving than the base trim’s CVT, and we can’t even imagine a CVT with 310 lb-ft of torque. The car shifts snickety snick, just the way you want it to. In the drudgery of traffic, you can skip shifts because the massive torque allows you to. Shift 1-3 or 1-2-4 and you never lug this car.
2024 Acura Integra Type S- Tires and Brakes
Our Integra came with massive high-performance tires and big ole’ brakes with painted calipers. They seemed to work well in our limited on-street testing. We can say that the brake pedal feel is perfect. They look good on the car as well. One thing to bear in mind is that you will need a set of winter tires if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line. These slicks are not going to be safe below 35 F.
Inside, the Type S has the premium interior you expect, and as an added bonus the ELS Studio 3D audio is standard. We have nothing but respect for the B&O brand of audio that Acura is moving toward, but we have never heard better audio than the ELS system in the Integra Type S.
The Acura Integra we tested had a price, including destination charges of $52,959. It is available now through your local Acura dealer.
John Goreham is an experienced New England Motor Press Association member and expert vehicle tester. John completed an engineering program with a focus on electric vehicles, followed by two decades of work in high-tech, biopharma, and the automotive supply chain before becoming a news contributor. In addition to his eleven years of work at Torque News, John has published thousands of articles and reviews at American news outlets. He is known for offering unfiltered opinions on vehicle topics. You can follow John on Twitter, and connect with him at Linkedin.
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