Acura Integra Special Edition

From Acura press: The Acura Integra line of sports sedans has been refined for 1988 and continues to provide spirited performance and exceptional value. Horsepower has been increased by five to 118hp., while interior refinements add to driver and passenger comfort. Available as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback in the fully-equipped RS or top of the line LS versions, all Integra models feature a technologically advanced 16-valve, DOHC fuel-injected 1.6-liter engine, sports-tuned suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes.

"The Acura Integra sports sedans have been an immediate success in the marketplace," said Ed Taylor, vice president of the Acura Automobile Division. "With the interior and exterior refinements and additional horsepower for 1988, we expect the Integra to become even more popular with the knowledgeable, driving enthusiast buyers."

The aerodynamically efficient Integra body was designed using advanced Computer Aided Design techniques and extensive wind tunnel testing. Retractable halogen headlights, nearly-flush glass and flush door handles and a smoothly sloped rear window contribute to a coefficient of drag of just 0.34. For 1988, the integrated front spoiler/air dam has been redesigned.

Unit-body construction and utilization of compact mechanical components -- including engine and suspension --allows efficient utilization of interior space and an extremely tight body/chassis platform.

The race-bred Acura Integra engine reflects the advanced technology developed by Honda Research & Development Co., Ltd. engineers through the company's long-standing Formula 1 Grand Prix association. For 1988, the lightweight aluminum alloy (with cast iron cylinder liners) engine produces 118 horsepower and 103 lbs-ft of torque. With a sportier feel for a broad range of driving conditions, the powerplant offers an outstanding blend of power and fuel efficiency.

The engine incorporates sophisticated design elements, including four valves per cylinder and centrally-located spark plug for more efficient combustion, tuned intake and exhaust manifolds for strong mid-range torque, and an advanced computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection system which maintains the most efficient air/fuel mixture under all driving conditions. Mated to the engine is a choice of transmissions: a standard short-throw 5-speed or optional 4-speed automatic with lockup torque converter.

The Integra suspension provides a balance of agile handling and comfortable ride. The front suspension utilizes an independent strut/torsion bar design. In the rear, progressively-wound coil springs and gas-pressurized shocks provide a firm, comfortable ride regardless of the road. Stabilizer bars are used front and rear to minimize body roll during cornering Integra's refined front-wheel drive system virtually eliminates traditional front-wheel drive torque steer through utilization of equal length halfshafts. And, standard power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering provides positive road feel and control while maintaining low steering effort at slower speeds.

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