2023 acura integra will offer a six-speed manual transmission

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Acura is continuing to trickle out information about the return of the Integra, and the latest tidbit is sure to delight enthusiasts. Like its predecessors, the 2023 Integra will be available with a manual transmission—a six-speed, to be specific. A photo reveals the shift knob and a bit of the car's center console, while a video clip includes an engine sound that hints at a turbo-four powertrain.

We're expecting the Integra to share many components with the Honda Civic, so that opens up a few possibilities for which engine will power the new entry-luxury model. The turbo 1.5-liter inline-four from the base Civic and the Si is likely, although we're really hoping that Honda sees fit to install the more powerful turbo 2.0-liter unit from the Civic Type R into a performance-oriented Type S version of the Integra. Both of these engines are already offered with stick-shifts in Civic models, so there's precedent for a row-your-own gearbox.

Compared with the Honda, the Integra is likely to have its own unique styling—as we've seen from teaser photos—along with a nicer interior layout. A four-door hatchback is the only body style that's been confirmed so far. All-wheel drive is a likely option, as many of its entry-luxury competitors offer that option, although we're doubtful that you'll be able to pair AWD with the manual.

Stay tuned for more information to come on the Integra, as we should see the real thing sometime early in 2022 before it goes on sale later that year.

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