The Acura Integra Type S is a souped-up, 320-hp sport sedan that has moved into the brand's halo position this year.
Intended to be a specialty vehicle, the Integra Type S targets the driver more interested in extreme performance. It comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-liter engine recalibrated to deliver 320 hp.
The Type S increases output from the standard Integra by 120 hp and 118 pound-feet of torque. Its stance is also 2.8 inches wider, and the front exterior was reworked to improve airflow.
The Integra Type S replaces the NSX hybrid-electric supercar that was retired last year and represents a new product strategy for Acura. This new model costs $51,995, a stark contrast to the previous halo at $171,495, including shipping but before any options.
"We want to create sufficient demand to satisfy enthusiasts yearning for a specialty vehicle like this with limited production and avoid saturating the market because that takes away that specialness from the car," Emile Korkor, assistant vice president of Acura National Sales, previously told Automotive News.
Journalists had a chance to drive the Integra Type S in California and we've collected some early reviews.