The Integra has always been a hit with the aftermarket performance community. It is one of the most tuned cars in history and still boasts of a huge following. Unfortunately for all fans, production halted in 2006.
In recent years, Acura has shifted its attention from sporty cars to family sedans. But that’s about to change.
At the 2014 SEMA show the new TLX on display boasted a number of modifications including a lowered suspension setup, 19-inch wheels and Wilwood brakes on 14-inch rotors. And this tells us Acura is trying to move in a more sport-oriented direction.
In an interview w ith Car & Driver, Acura chief designer Dave Marek shares the company’s vision for bringing back a tunable, yet affordable sport car.
“A performance brand needs a flagship and it needs an accessible sport car,” says Marek. And the new ILX to debut at the LA Auto Show will attest to that.
“There are lots of resources and activity going into making Acura back into what it was,” he said.
While Marek does not divulge more specifics, we are likely to witness the debut of a sport entry level vehicle in Acura’s lineup. The bad news is we have to wait a few more years. Marek suggests the new model won’t be released before 2017.