When the new Acura Integra reaches its owner, we get an idea of the real-world power output of the engine. It seems trendy these days for automakers to under-promise and over-deliver in terms of horsepower, and that seems to apply to the ‘teg.
New video from Hondata attaches an Integra A-Spec with a six-speed manual to a dyno hub for baseline and tuning testing. The baseline represents the Acura in stock trim, and the data shows no less than 234 horsepower. Keep in mind, that’s the power recorded in the wheels. Parasitic power loss through the driveline of a widely accepted manual-equipped vehicle is 10 percent, meaning the engine in this particular Integra can develop up to 260 hp. That’s quite a jump from the 200 ponies that Acura claims from the factory.
However, there are a few caveats to consider. A commenter on a YouTube video explained that this type of dyno, while great for tuning and measuring power gain, often reads slightly higher than the typical Dynojet drum-style setting used in the automotive world. This is a point Hondata agrees on, and a dyno hub can also help reduce parasitic losses a bit. So while 234 is definitely dashing, 215 to 220 is probably a number that is more representative of the stock engine output.
That’s still well above what Acura claims, and it’s a bit taller than the Integra dyno run we saw back in June on the Dynojet. However, it’s very close to the 2022 Civic Si that Hondata tested at its facility in November 2021, using the same dyno hub. We’ve also seen another Civic Si run that drops around 220 hp. The Integra and Civic Si share the same engine and manual transmission combination, and the limited data we have so far lead to a singular conclusion. The 1.5 liter turbocharged engine in this car can actually produce 40 to 50 hp more than advertised.
Will the Honda Civic Type R be belittled when it finally debuts? We can’t wait to see the dyno run from Honda’s hottest hatch once it finally goes on sale, which the automaker says will happen before the end of the year.