Honda’s premium brand in the US, Acura, is planning to offer a six-speed manual transmission on the upcoming Integra fastback.
A short and sweet celebratory video has also been made to welcome this great news! For the past four generations since 1986, Integra models have featured a manual transmission and the American brand plans to continue this key attribute for the fifth generation.
The accompanying image however looks as if it’s taken from the all-new 11th generation Honda Civic hatchback but added with the drive mode toggle for Sport, Econ and Normal modes. The Honda Civic with manual transmission omits the Sport mode that alters engine and transmission response, thus instead of a toggle switch, a dedicated Econ mode button is placed instead.
Acura earlier also teased a sketch of the Integra, showing the rear design will be a five-door fastback, again, an aspect close to the hearts of the Integra owners. Only the fourth generation, which also changed to the RSX naming, went to the coupe styling, similar to the DC5 Honda Integra.
In the Honda Civic hatchback, the slick six-speed manual transmission is paired to the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine with outputs of 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque. As Acura is perceived to be a more premium and higher performance brand, we can expect that the fifth-generation Integra have access to a larger K20-series 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that currently serves the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.
Thus, it will not be surprising to see the all-new Acura Integra having outputs of circa 255 hp / 370 Nm (or 10% lower than the Type R) and this engine is currently fitted in the Honda Accord 2.0T Sport.