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You can get a six-speed manual if you want, but the CVT is standard.
The confirmation of the Integra's CVT was more surprising than most new details about the car, as there were no direct hints that could be extrapolated from the new Honda Civic Si, which is built with the same engine and platform. Honda's version, for what it's worth, only offers a six-speed manual—there's no automatic option. The previous entry-level Acura ILX that the new Integra replaces, meanwhile, was strictly offered with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.
That said, the newest non-Si model Civics get a standard CVT, so it's not completely unprecedented. It was just unclear if that CVT—which is only tasked with a maximum of 180 hp in the Civic EX and Touring editions—would be able to handle a more intensely tuned motor in the Integra, which puts out 200 hp. As Acura told The Drive on Thursday, it apparently can.
"It was ultimately determined that the CVT would meet the various development targets for the Integra," a spokesperson explained. "Honda’s CVT transmission pairs exceptionally well with the 1.5-liter engine, with 'Step Shifts' to create a natural acceleration feel while maintaining peak boost pressure for the turbo."
It's likely this CVT has been tuned to feel as much like a traditional automatic transmission as possible, and interior photos of the automatic transmission equipped car reveal paddle shifters, which Acura says are standard "for added driver control."
With the already-existing and proven Civic CVT able to handle the power, putting it into the newest Integra makes sense from a business standpoint, even if it disappoints a few enthusiasts.