The new Acura Integra may share its foundations with the Honda Civic, but the automaker is taking steps to differentiate the two. Integra has a unique styling, modified chassis and other changes that make this sedan stand alone. However, for all the parts and parts that Acura engineers focused on changing, others were left alone.
A new Instagram video posted by HondaProJason shows one overlooked Honda attribute still in the Integra – the Civic Easter egg. Honda placed a unique Easter egg in the 10th generation Civic, depicting various bits of Honda’s history on the underside of the rubber mat inserts on the center console. The 11th generation Civic has its own Easter egg in the same place, depicting the first generation Civic from the 1970s.
Acura has the same Easter eggs in the video. Jason reached over to the center console, pulled out the mat, and flipped it over, revealing the boxy Civic hatch and the “Civic History goes on…” the branding engraved underneath. There are other Civic touches still visible in the Integra, but the Acura does a good job around it with premium materials and high-quality fit and finish.
The Civic-branded center console mat doesn’t detract from many of the other changes that engineers made to make the Acura their own vehicle. The car’s overall styling is sportier than the Civic Si it’s based on, with Acura borrowing the best from Honda’s fresh offerings. Acura also changes things like steering ratio.
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the powertrain, with the Integra getting a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged Si engine. It produces the same 200 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 192 pound-feet (260 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT.
Automakers have been hiding Easter eggs in their vehicles for years with a cute callback and another nod to their history. Sometimes automakers demonize other people, as TRX did with the F-150 Raptor. Honda has done it before, and we’ll probably see another Easter Egg in the 12th generation Civic.