1986 Acura Integra -- Body


The wedge shape of the Integra is clean and simple with no unnecessary decoration. Integra's structural integrity was computer analyzed using NASTRAN, a stress testing program developed by NASA, and aerodynamic efficiency was refined through extensive wind tunnel testing.

With its semi-notchback silhouette and low hood line, the Integra yields the following aerodynamic specifications:

  • Cd: 0.34
  • Cl: 0.24
  • Cd x A: 0.62 (6.76)
  • Frontal area: 1.85 square meters (19.90 square feet)

Air flow management has been substantially improved by the following:

  • Flush surface bodywork, with only 5 mm between the body panels and glass.
  • Aerodynamically shaped side mirrors.
  • Flush door handles.
  • Trimless, flush-mounted side marker lights and taillights.
  • Grille opening eliminated; cooling air ducted through integrated front air dam.

This attention to aerodynamic efficiency pays off in reduced wind noise and improved highway fuel efficiency.

The driver was an important consideration in the design of the Integra interior. The instrument panel is purposefully simple for minimum distraction and the instruments are large and easy to read. The dashboard is an uncluttered, wraparound expanse. All switches and controls are logically located, well within reach, and easy to use and understand.

Concern for the driver's comfort and effectiveness was paramount. Consequently, the seats are ergonomically designed for support under all driving conditions. To assure that the seats are firm in the proper places, the cushions are made using a new technique which allows varying degrees of softness to be incorporated in a single foam-casting process. The seat cushion, for instance, is more yielding in the middle and firmer at the sides for better body retention during cornering and reduced fatigue on long trips. The front-seat backs are concave to provide more knee room for back seat passengers. Virtually all interior surfaces, including the headliner, are soft-surfaced. Details, like a foot rest for the driver's left foot, have not been overlooked

The rear seat backs in both the Integra 3-door and 5-door models are split 50/50. They can be folded down individually or together to create a spacious cargo area. With the seats up, the cargo area is enclosed by a cover which folds up for access from inside the car.

There are numerous storage areas throughout the interior of the Integra, including: compartments in all the doors; a coin box; a pocket in the center of the front console (LS models) which can be used to hold cassettes; and a storage area in the armrest.

Elastic straps are provided in the corners of the rear cargo area for securing small items, and there's a molded tray for storing odds-and-ends next to the compact spare tire.

In 3-door LS models, a storage case and tie-down straps are included to secure the removable sunroof in the luggage area.