The 1989 Acura Integra sports sedans offer the performance, handling, style and value that has won outstanding consumer acceptance since introduction. For 1989, the Integra line-up includes 3-door and 5 door hatchback models in choice of fully-equipped RS or top-of-the-line LS trim levels.
"The Acura Integra has been very successful in the marketplace because it fits the needs and active lifestyle of today's sports sedan buyers," said Ed Taylor, vice president of the Acura Automobile Division. "These buyers want performance, comfort, utility and reliability, and that's what the Integra delivers."
The distinctive, wedge-shaped Integra sports sedan was designed using advanced Computer Aided Design techniques and extensive wind tunnel testing to achieve a low coefficient of drag of 0.34. Contributing to this aerodynamic efficiency are such design features as integrated front spoiler/air dam, retractable halogen headlights, near-flush glass and door handles and smoothly sloped windshield and rear window.
Use of narrow roof pillars and large glass areas result in 310 degrees of driver visibility, while unit-body construction and utilization of compact mechanical components allows efficient use of interior space and an extremely rigid body structure.
The convenient hatchback design, with its large, easy-opening hatch and standard cargo cover adds versatility for carrying bulky cargo.
Under the smooth exterior and comfortable interior is a technically advanced, competition inspired drivetrain that provides spirited performance and responsive handling.
The Integra 16-valve DOHC1.6-liter four cylinder engine reflects technology developed by Honda Research & Development Co., Ltd. engineers through Honda Motor Co.'s long-standing Formula 1 racing association -- including lightweight aluminum alloy construction, four-valves-per-cylinder design and programmed fuel injection. The Integra powerplant develops 118 horsepower (at 6500 rpm) and 103 lbs.-ft. of torque (at 5500 rpm).
Systems such as tuned intake and exhaust manifolds, computer-controlled fuel injection, pent-roof combustion chamber with centrally-located spark plug, and fully-transistorized ignition combine to provide sporty performance across the full rpm range.
A choice of transmissions is available -- a standard short-throw 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic with lockup torque converter.
The Integra suspension delivers balanced handling and a comfortable ride through the use of independent strut/torsion bar in front and trailing link beam type rear suspension with progressively-wound coil springs and gas-pressurized shocks in the rear. Stabilizer bars are utilized front and rear to minimize body roll during cornering.
An equal-length halfshaft design front-wheel drive system virtually eliminates traditional front-wheel drive torque steer. providing smooth acceleration. Standard power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering gives positive road feel and control while maintaining low steering effort at lower speeds.
Both RS and LS trim levels offer a range of standard comfort and convenience features. The Integra RS includes items such as side window defoggers, remote hatch and fuel-filler door releases, dual remote operated door mirrors, rear window wiper/washer and defroster, front door storage pockets, cargo area cover, digital quartz clock and two-speed wipers with intermittent action.
Standard power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with ventilated front rotors provide consistent. fade resistant stopping. Performance-oriented steel belted radial tires -- 195/60 R14 with full wheel covers for the RS. Michelin MXV 195/60 R14 and alloy wheels for the LS -- enhance handling and traction.
Inside the stylish Integra body is an ergonomically engineered interior designed around the driver. The instrument panel is dominated by large, white-on-black analog gauges. All frequently used switches and controls are conveniently placed within easy reach of the steering wheel. An adjustable steering column is standard on all models.
The Integra front bucket seats are designed to provide firm support, with thigh and torso bolsters helping hold the driver in place. The large split, fold-down rear seat offers added versatility for cargo carrying. Durable Moquette/tricot fabric (RS) and Moquette (LS) upholstery and cut-pile carpeting add richness and luxury.
All models feature standard three-point front and rear outboard seat belts, with adjustable front seat belt anchors and childproof rear door locks on all Integra 5-door models.
The Integra LS adds an AM/FMstereo sound system with cassette and four speakers, cruise control and stylish alloy wheels with Michelin MXV tires. The 3-door LS includes a standard power-operated sunroof with sliding shade, while the 5-door LS includes power windows and door locks.
The Acura Integra continues to win recognition. being named one of CAR AND DRIVER magazine's 1988 "10 Best Cars." And. the Integra was the top ranked sports sedan in the 1988 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI), tying with the Acura Legend and Mercedes 300/260 for the top score out of all models surveyed.
Integra continues to be a dominant force in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)International Sedan series competition. The Comptech Racing Integras of Parker Johnstone and Doug Peterson helped Acura win the 1987 Manufacturer's Championship and have won numerous races in the 1988 season. including West Palm Beach. Mid-Ohio. Watkins Glen and Road America.
The Acura Division was also ranked the numberone nameplate in the overall 1988 J.D. Power CSI standings. the second year in a row at the top in the annual survey for product quality and dealer service.
"The Acura Integra is an exciting performer -- on the race track. in the showroom and in competitive product surveys." said Taylor. "We expect 1989 to be another winning year for the Integra line of advanced sports sedans."
All Acura automobiles are covered by a 3-year. 36.000-mile limited warranty.