The 2024 Acura Integra Type S emerges as a compelling choice for enthusiasts seeking a sports car that blends performance with a touch of luxury. Bearing a striking resemblance to the beloved Honda Civic Type R, the Integra Type S positions itself as a more refined and grown-up counterpart.
Sharing much of its DNA with the Civic Type R, the Integra Type S boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering an enhanced 320 horsepower. Paired with a responsive six-speed manual transmission, it ensures an engaging driving experience, albeit with no option for an automatic transmission.
Underneath its sleek exterior, the Integra Type S inherits key components from the Civic Type R, including the dual-axis front suspension, Brembo brakes, steering rack, springs, dampers, and sway bars. The notable departure comes in the form of a distinct exhaust system, eliminating the front resonator to provide an auditory delight, especially in Sport+ drive mode, with pops and crackles absent in the Civic Type R.
While maintaining mechanical kinship with the Civic Type R, Acura fine-tuned various aspects, including dampers, power steering, and throttle response, resulting in a nuanced and excellent driving experience.
Externally, the Integra Type S distinguishes itself with wide fender flares, lending it a more muscular appearance. The absence of a large rear wing contributes to a sleeker profile, garnering more admiration from fellow road users compared to the Civic Type R.
Behind the wheel, the Integra Type S showcases Honda’s engineering prowess, with an expanded powerband and improved throttle response. The six-speed transmission impresses with short, accurate throws and standout clutch engagement. Three drive modes—Comfort, Sport, and Sport+—allow for tailored experiences, with Sport and Sport+ striking a balance between sportiness and comfort, making it a more versatile daily driver than the track-focused Civic Type R.
In the cabin, the Integra Type S forgoes the aggressive seats of the Civic Type R in favor of a more subdued design. While lacking in sportiness, the suede inserts provide adequate support. Notably, heated front seats add a touch of comfort absent in the Civic Type R. The interior design mirrors the Civic, slightly diminishing the Integra Type S’s uniqueness, although the inclusion of a touchscreen infotainment system and a premium 16-speaker ELS Studio 3D audio system enhance its appeal.
Priced at $51,995, the Integra Type S positions itself in competition with the Audi S3, BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe, and Mercedes-AMG CLA 35. Despite a higher price tag compared to the Civic Type R, the Integra Type S offers a more refined and livable hot hatch experience. Its nearly identical performance, coupled with subtle enhancements, makes it an ideal companion for both daily commutes and weekend adventures on twisty roads.