Acura teamed up with three notable names in the tuner community and told them to build their ideal version of the new Integra.
With the Acura Integra returning to U.S. streets for the first time in over two decades, it's also time for the sport compact to return to the spotlight in tuner culture.
There's arguably no bigger stage for aftermarket products than the Specialty Equipment Market Association show (better known as SEMA), which takes place every year in Las Vegas. For this year's event, Acura has partnered with three popular personalities in the tuner community and asked them to create their own custom interpretation of the 2023 Integra.
The trio includes Coco Zurita, Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara, and Sara Choi. In additon to building cars, Zurita is a professional BMX rider and an amateur drifter. Yoshihara is a professional driver with notable wins that include a Formula Drift championship and a class win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Choi has many titles—drifter, host, model, actor—and she also has a large following on her social media accounts.
Coco Zurita's Integra Built by Autotuned
Zurita lives in Southern California and said his Integra build was inspired by his affection for action sports (he has two X Games medals to show for it). "We grabbed some inspo from the NSX GT designs and added some race car features to help bring in my own personal style and achieve this new look for the next-gen Integra," he said.
The car features various powertrain and chassis modifications that include an aftermarket HPS cold-air intake and A'PEXi exhaust system as well as upgraded Wilwood six-piston front brakes and RSR Sport-I coil-overs. Its Kansei KNP 18-inch wheels wear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (245/35 front and 265/35 rear). The exterior of Zurita's Integra is highlighted by a body kit by Autotuned, a prominent APR GTC rear wing, and graphics designed by Andreas Wennevold. Inside, there's a MOMO six-point harness, racing seat, and steering wheel with NGR quick release.
Dai Yoshihara's Integra Built by Evasive Motorsports
Yoshihara hails from Tokyo, Japan, but is based in Southern California. Influenced by his career in motorsports and his love of Integras from the 1980s and '90s, he tried to blend both of those passions into this project. "I wanted to take the sporty theme from the iconic DB8 Integra and fuse it into my build," he said.
Along with aftermarket powertrain upgrades such as a Spoon air filter and exhaust, the car's chassis has been modified with RSR Sport-I coilovers and a StopTech ST-40 big brake kit. Yoshihara's Teggy rolls on forged BBS REV7 18-inch rims mounted on Yokohama A005 racing slicks, size 260/650 at all four corners. The Integra's body is fitted with myriad parts from EVS, but its fender flares and rear wing are by Voltex. The interior of the car features more EVS parts (shift knob, carbon center console and door panels). There's also a slew of Sparco stuff, from the six-point harness to the quick-release steering wheel to the kevlar racing seats.
Sara Choi's Integra Built by Tony Star Performance
Choi was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, but now she lives in Los Angeles. She got invoved in the tuner scene when she was 15 years old. That combined with a unique artistic flair fueled the design of her Integra. “My favorite part of being a car builder is that you get to express yourself however you want," said Choi. "It’s a thrill building my own version of such an iconic car.”
Breathing through a Sports Touring cat-back exhaust system, Choi's car also has an aftermarket intercooler and oil cooler from GReddy. A set of Tein Flex Z coilovers support Advan RSDF 19-inch wheels paired with Nexen Sport R tires (245/40 front and 275/35 rear). The body kit is custom, designed by Choi and Walter Kim. The car is wrapped in a glossy pearl white. Inside, there are Evasive Motorsports x Bride Zeta IV seats as well as a teardrop shift knob and quick-release (both BattleCraft Hyper parts). The steering wheel is a Dogfight Race Pro 380mm unit.
All three custom 2023 Acura Integras will be on display from November 1–4 at the SEMA show. They'll also make appearances on November 19 at Los Angeles Radwood as well as next year from April 14–16 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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