When Acura announced the revived, fifth-generation Integra, it came with a set of expectations. Longtime Acura fans wanted engagement, fun, and a quality interior with a manual shifter wedged between its front seats. But beyond everything else, fans of the DC2 Integra expected one thing: A performance trim level.
That trim has arrived. No longer the Type R of olde, the new Type S still carries the weight of that sport-compact legacy. Enthusiasts want something special, something worthy of that embossed bumper badge, and they’ll get their first taste of it this weekend at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
A camouflaged Integra Type S will make its first public U.S. appearance on the legendary Daytona road circuit, leading the 61-car field into the first laps of the race. It will then retire to the paddock, where interested enthusiasts can gawk and gape at its mystery-shrouded body. With the car not set to release until summer, Acura is still keeping specs close to its chest. The car’s appearance, however, will be in full public view — provided you can discern its curves and angles through the camo.
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Acura’s no stranger to Daytona, having taken first and second place in the Rolex 24 last year. When you’re the defending champion, coming home to keep your belt, a bit of showboating is allowed — even expected. Why not use the occasion to tease a highly-anticipated model that’s never been in the public eye? After all, what’s the point of that victory if you don’t even get the chance to revel in it?