It’s not just the rebooted Integra name making us nostalgic for the 1990s. Acura says a 6-speed manual transmission will be available on its new compact hatchback model, marking the return of a row-it-yourself gearbox to the automaker’s lineup for the first time in several years.
Acura is so eager to channel its past the automaker even released a video showing off four of its small cars with manual transmissions, including first- and second-generation Integra models plus the RSX 3-door, culminating in a shot of the new Integra's interior. The video is so retro-cool that it makes us want to crack open a can of Jolt Cola, load our Discman with an Ace of Base CD, and plug in our cassette adapter (since a CD player was optional for most of the Integra's initial run).
Not included in the video: the ILX the Integra is set to replace. It seems Acura would prefer we forget that rather bland, dated model still on sale for the 2022 model year but is actually based on a version of the Honda Civic last sold in 2015. Yes, there was briefly a manual transmission option on the ILX.
As for the revived Integra, we know for now it will boast a 5-door hatchback shape and spawn a Type S variant. An educated guess also suggests the new Integra will be based on the redesigned-for-2022 Honda Civic, and it will finally mark the end of the line for the ILX. See Acura Integra models for sale