2001 Acura Integra -- Introduction

9/15/2000 7:24:24 PM

As the entry-level Acura, the Integra embodies all the virtues that have established Acura as one of the leading luxury import brands in the U.S. market. It features superb road manners and excellent handling, an advanced powertrain, an aerodynamic exterior shape and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit designed to make driving enjoyable and safe. The Integra, like all Acura automobiles, is dedicated to the proposition that driving is its own reward.

CONCEPTS AND GOALS
The Integra Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan were designed to achieve:

  • Spirited engine performance, with excellent acceleration, sporty, free-revving response and top-level smoothness and flexibility
  • Crisp, precise handling with excellent driver feedback and steering response
  • Distinctive, aerodynamic styling with high efficiency and low wind noise
  • A rigid structure for accurate handling response, long-term durability, excellent corrosion protection and optimum occupant safety
  • An intimate, highly ergonomic driving environment

OVERVIEW
The third-generation Acura Integra (introduced in 1994) features a number of technological innovations that enhance performance and handling and provide high levels of safety, durability, efficiency, comfort and ride quality. The Integra is available as a Sports Coupe or Sports Sedan. For 2001 the Sports Coupe and Sports Sedan come in three trim levels &emdash; LS, GS and GS-R. The ultra-high performance Integra Type R Sports Coupe also returns for 2001, and is discussed in detail in its own section.

The Integra has evolved and matured in its three generations. The Integra offers a comprehensive list of standard luxury, comfort and safety features. It features a standard driver's and front passenger's air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) in all models. Additionally, features such as an AM/FM/CD six-speaker audio system, a power moon roof, windows, door mirrors and locks, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and a lumbar/height/tilt adjustment for the driver's seat are all standard equipment.

Key performance features of the Integra include:

  • 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder engine (LS and GS)
  • 170-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve, DOHC, VTEC 4-cylinder engine (GS-R)
  • 5-speed manual or an optional electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission with the sophisticated Grade Logic Control System (LS and GS)
  • Close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission (GS-R)
  • Four-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Variable power-assisted steering with rotary-valve steering gear

Key safety features of the Integra include:

  • Standard driver's and front passenger's air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) on all models
  • Standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • 3-point outboard seat belts
  • Projector beam headlights
  • Side-impact door-protection beams
  • Side-intrusion shoulder pads