You probably know how German brands usually underestimate their engines, right? Well, they’re not the only ones as Acura has now been caught “lying” in the best possible way. Honda’s luxury division rated the much-hyped revival of the Integra at 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-meters) of torque. As with all automakers, the numbers apply to the power delivered by the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine at the crank.
The people from AHC-Garage wanted to put those numbers to the test and strapped an all-new 2023 Acura Integra A-Spec technology package to the dyno with the six-speed manual transmission. After three consecutive dyno pulls, the sporty liftback produced 199bhp in the last run, virtually matching what’s written in the spec sheet. However, the power delivered in the dyno test was available at the wheels, so factoring in about a 10 percent drivetrain loss, the four-pot should be good for around 220 crank hp.
As for torque, the highest number was reached on the first test when the L-series engine generated 200 lb-ft (271 Nm) at the wheels. That’s a healthy increase over the figure provided by Acura at the crank. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, especially since enthusiasts think the Integra should pack more punch than the Civic Si. It remains to be seen whether a Type S and/or a Type R warmer ones will follow to solve this problem.
In an ideal scenario, the future Civic Type R over 300 hp will spawn an equivalent Integra, but for now just over 200 hp should be enough for the base model. At $36,895 MSRP, the 2023 Acura Integra A-Spec Tech Package is a compelling package and a solid alternative to the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in the front-drive 228i flavor.
As a reminder, there’s a Honda-badged Integra for sale in China where it’s nothing more than a Civic sedan with some slight styling changes from the global model.