This is not the first time an Integra got AWD.

The new Integra’s been called just another Civic, but if this dealership’s first look is true, this available option might be unique enough to sway some Civic shoppers to consider the new Integra instead.

According to a first look of the 2023 Acura Integra by Acura of Brookfield, the new Integra will have Super Handling All-Wheel Drive as an option.

Credit to /r/Acura for discovering this post.

And before their post becomes 404, I’ve already archived it.

“When winter rolls around and covers the roads with rain, ice, and snow, you’ll be happy to have the available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system to increase your traction in these circumstances and prevent any sliding. Lastly, the limited-slip differential is there to keep you planted to the ground if you oversteer or understeer on a turn.”

A rear view of the Integra Prototype

The rest of the first look, besides the 19″ wheels, already confirms what we already know, that the 2023 Acura Integra will share a powertrain and LSD already found in the Civic Si.

We also already know, although not yet confirmed, that the Acura’s introduction marks the end of the ILX for model year 2022.

Acura has since reached out to at least one other car site, issuing this statement on the premature first look.

“The Integra will continue a tradition of being one of the best driving, front-wheel drive vehicles on the market. We look forward to sharing additional details on the all-new Integra soon.”

This reads like a slam dunk, denying any plans for an Integra with optional SH-AWD buuuuut it doesn’t 100 percent say it’s not in the realm of possibility either.

If the Integra does get SH-AWD, it would not be the first time Acura’s done this.

I’ve already blogged about how Acura equipped the third gen Integra with a version of Real Time All-Wheel drive as an option for snowy markets.

Acura even had a prototype third gen Integra with a supercharged B-series and four-wheel drive specially made to test the limits of the RT-4WD system. With 235 HP on tap, it was so good it made the then NSX feel slow.

Acura Integra GS-R Supercharged
Acura made a prototype supercharged AWD Acura Integra GS-R

This would be the first time North American Integras get AWD capabilities.

If it’s true, can you imagine the possibilities with how much power aftermarket tuners squeeze out of the Civic’s 1.5 Turbo combined with a performance-oriented SH-AWD ala Acura NSX?

“I would remain skeptical since dealer articles like this aren’t always trustworthy. It’s just marketing copy for their website,” Redditor PXPixels reminds us.

“Let’s hope for SH-AWD, but I highly doubt it will come to the Integra.”

Whether this ad copy is true, we’ll find out soon enough, as the Acura Integra’s pre-order site is set to go live on March 10.

Do you think this dealership’s ad copy is true? Let me know in the comments below.


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