Japanese cars began arriving in the United States in the late \'70s. They were much smaller cars than what Americans were used to seeing. But these cars with straight fours and sixes started competing against the bigger V8s. At the time when oil prices started skyrocketing, they were able to offer what American iron can\'t: fuel economy. And as the import tuner scene grew bigger in the United States in the \'90s, Japanese cars slowly became practical alternatives for drivers who wanted to go fast. The roads, especially those in Southern California, started having more Nissan 240SX\'s and S13\'s, Toyota Sprinters and MR2\'s, and Honda Civics and Accords. Then came the Civic\'s sportier cousin, the Acura Integra. The third generation Integra quickly caught up with the game. Acura parts became available for regular motorists and tuners alike.
The JDM Following
The DC2 Acura Integra first made its appearance in 1994. The third generation Integra shared the chassis with the 1992 Honda Civic but got the bigger B18 engine. At stock, its power plant could churn out 142 horses at 6,300 rpm while reaching 127 ft lbs of torque at 5,200 rpm. The GS-R variant produced 170 horsepower but the summum bonum of Integras, the Type R, could give out up to 195 horsepower. People knowing these figures boosted the market for Acura auto parts. Soon enough, different kinds of modifications and Acura accessories sprouted to cater the growing demand of enthusiasts.
Acura and Honda played side by side in the Southern California area. It had an appeal to the Asian-American youth there, and it encouraged a healthy competition against Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Mazda owners. Up to this day, you will find traces of that generation in the West Coast import tuner scene.
Beyond the OE Specs
Conservatives would rather go for Acura OEM parts to preserve the factory specs of their cars. But that was not always the case. For enthusiasts, there has always had the existing craving to make their FF cars perform even better on the street and track. Aftermarket shops started producing short ram intakes, exhaust manifolds, turbochargers, and other Acura accessories like bumper chins, side skirts, and spoilers. During the Integra\'s era, aftermarket manufacturers like Skunk2 Racing, Spoon, K&N, and AEM dedicated their own teams for researching and developing Honda and Acura parts.
The Acura Integra was discontinued in 2006 much to the dismay of its followers. But as the 21st century continues to unravel, there is still a possibility of having a network for Acura parts online because of newer performers. In recent months, Acura has unveiled the 2016 NSX equipped with a hybrid twin turbo V6 heart. The most recent incarnation of the Acura supercar took about seven years to design. Designed to go up against the Ferrari 458 and the Porsche 911 GT3, the all-wheel-drive NSX has a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system to complement its engine. Following that unveiling, the Acura ILX made its debut at the New York Auto Show. The beefed up performance version of the Acura ILX sedan is meant to compete against the Porsche and BMW entries at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race. Only time will tell if these latest Acura performance cars prove to be the present testament of this Japanese brand\'s pride and joy.