2023 Acura Integra is now coming to dealerships, but it is about to make its motorsport debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The car, which is designed to compete in the exhibition class, has three colors of red, gray and white letters in honor of the first generation Integra, which won the IMSA championships one after another in 1987 and 1988.
In addition to the retro-inspired livery, the car is equipped with a differential, suspension and brakes from the Honda Performance Development parts catalog. Acura did not dwell on the specifics, but noted that the model will have lightweight 18-inch HRE wheels wrapped in Pirelli racing shoes.
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One thing has not changed, it is 200 hp. (149 kW / 203 PS) and a power unit consisting of a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 192 pound-feet (260 Nm) of torque. It is included in the six-speed manual that sends power to the front wheels.
Integra is led by Pikes Peak newcomer Paul Hubers, who is tasked with solving a 12.42-mile (20km) road that includes 156 turns and a 4,725-foot (1,440-meter) altitude change.
Integra isn’t the only new Acura to compete at Pikes Peak this year, as it will be included in the 2022 NSX Type S Time Attack 1 and Exhibition Lessons. The cars have “performance upgrades” and will be driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson. They will be joined by a NSX Type S driven by Rene Brinkerhoff.
The latter, but at least, produces a pair of TLX Type S sedans in the Acura Exhibition and Time Attack 1 classes. The first is played by Jordan Guitar, and the second by Justin Lumbard.