Acura Integra

A 1988 Acura Integra SE (Special Edition)
Model NameAcura Integra (US), Honda Integra (EU), Honda Quint Integra (JP)
ManufacturerHonda Motor Co., Ltd.
Production Period1985 - 1990
Specifications1.6 L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine, 113hp, 5-speed manual &
4-speed automatic
Acceleration 0–100 kilometres per hour (62 mph): 9,5 seconds
Units producedapprox. 230,000
Original Retail Price$9,995

The Acura Integra was an automobile produced by Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda. The first generation of the Integra was introduced to North America in 1986 after having already been available in Japan since 1985. The Integra was offered in a 3 or 5-door hatchback body style and a four-door sedan. It was powered by a 1.6 L DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with 113hp. The Integra was available with a five-speed manual or with a four-speed automatic. The Honda-produced car could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.5 s and had a quarter mile time of 16 s.

Acura Integra: Poorly equipped in Europe, luxurious in the US

The European Integra was aimed for the cheaper market and was lacking features which were common in the North American version of the Integra such as trim levels (LX and EX) offering painted bumpers, central locking, power windows or air conditioning. However a few entirely equipped Integras were available in the Netherlands. The Integra EX16 (UK Version) offered a sunroof, painted bumpers, a rear spoiler and Hi-Fi stereo equipment. Still the Integra was considered to be poorly equipped compared to its European counterparts such as the Peugeot 309 1.6 injection and the Renault 11 Turbo. The car retailed at a base price of $9,995 in North America.

An advertisement for the Acura Integra featuring both 3 and 5 door versions.

Great balance of reliability and performance

The first Acura Integra never gained much popularity on the European market and has more easily become a commercial success in the US. The first generation of the Acura Integra was retired after five years of production and 227,966 units sold with most of them in the United States.

The Integra was praised by many as an automobile with a great balance of reliability and performance and many buyers favored the car over more expensive German imports.

Nowadays the Acura Integra regularly appears in the top list of most stolen vehicles in the US.

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