The press release and past Type S models don’t bode well for an automatic option.
Earlier yesterday (Dec 5, 2022) not only did Acura announce they’re making a Type S variant of the Integra starting for model year 2024, we also learned they recently flew out journalists to Honda HQ in Japan so they could test out said Integra Type S.
Naturally, Acura fans and prospective Integra Type S shoppers alike wondered if there was going to be an automatic version.
The current model Integra and A-Spec variants come with a CVT standard.
While Acura hasn’t officially said it outright, according to their press release, they pretty much have.
“Promising ultimate street performance and driver engagement, the Integra Type S will be powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged engine producing over 300 horsepower and paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential.”
Yeah, exclusively, as in “only” or “solely.”
In other words, I’m 99.9% sure the Acura Integra Type S will not come with an automatic.
Then again, this isn’t surprising given Acura’s history with previous entry-level Type S models.
The RSX Type S, the spiritual predecessor of this new Integra, that Integra came exclusively with a close ratio six-speed manual.Embed from Getty Images
And before that, the Acura Integra GS-R (both 3rd and 2nd gen GS-Rs) with the hotter engines a hair below the Type R, also exclusively came with manuals.
There’s also the general fact that this new Integra Type S, at least on paper, shares a powertrain and chassis with the Civic Type R, a car exclusively manual only.
Could Acura pair an automatic with this Integra Type S?
Consider that the current gen Accord with 2.0L Turbo comes with an essentially detuned Civic Type R engine with just as much torque and that Accord comes with Honda’s in-house 10-speed automatic.
Presumably the Accord has a slightly larger engine bay compared to the Integra so packaging may be an issue.
But, for now, it’s looking like the 2024 Acura Integra Type S is manual-only.