Styling & Equipment
'Sensual Performance' directed the evolution of the 2016 Integra; what the rider feels, sees and hears. The compact LED headlight – with its crisp white light – and running lights form a strong visual presence. Mounted on the edge of the rear cowl, the clear-lens LED taillight works with the stubby exhaust muffler to give a compact feel to the Integra's rear. On the foot boards, stainless steel integrates within the redesigned rubber floor mats, exuding quality.
Brand new instruments use a negative LCD display. Information includes odometer, trip meter, gear position, fuel efficiency and consumption gauges, (optional) heated grip temperature plus 3stage S mode display.
The colour of the rev-counter bar display can also be changed by the rider; a total of 9 options are available. It is also possible to have colours change according to gear selected, rpm range or (for the DCT version) riding mode.
ECO and SHIFT mode are further options when riding with the display set to a single colour or (on the DCT machine) the mode-dependent setting. ECO mode turns the display to light blue if riding with good fuel efficiency, and green if riding even more economically.
SHIFT mode sees the colour change to orange if engine rpm exceeds a level preset by the rider. A new 'wave' key features the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS). If the ID chip embedded in the key and the ID in the Engine Control Unit (ECU) do not match, the engine will not start.
For the two SE paint options Honda has used its new metal-look finish for the first time. This special paint uses brilliant flakes aligned in parallel with each other and differs to standard metallic paint in creating a solid texture with high contrast, offering varying impressions depending on the viewing angle. The SE also have extra accent stripes, wheel rim stripes and a different engine cover finish.
Genuine Honda Accessories include a specifically-designed new rear rack, a 35L and 45L top box, 29L panniers, inner bags, 5stage heated grips, U-lock and wind deflectors.
Honda's DCT technology is now in its sixth year of production and gaining popularity year on year on all of the machines that feature it as an option. DCT uses two clutches: one for startup and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging. Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit.
The DCT system features two automatic plus the MT mode for manual gear changes. The standard automatic D mode is for general or highway riding and maximum fuel economy. S mode – which shifts up and down at higher rpm than D mode for a sportier ride – has now been expanded to give three levels of sports performance. Some riders prefer to ride higher gears, some lower and the three modes make it possible to tailor gearbox response to riding style. The selected level is stored, and acts as the default S Mode for subsequent rides. It is also displayed on the dash.
The DCT used by the Integra now features "Adaptive Clutch Capability Control" that manages the amount of clutch torque transmitted. This adds a natural 'feathered' clutch feel when opening or shutting off the throttle for a smoother ride. Further refinements include faster operation of the N - D switch on turning on the ignition and a control system in AT mode for gauging the angle of ascent or descent and adapting shift pattern accordingly.
The Integra's rugged steel diamond frame delivers the high levels of rigidity required for agile, responsive handling in a variety of conditions from busy urban to open road. Rake is set at 27° with trail of 110mm, wheelbase of 1,525mm and front/rear weight balance of 50/50. Kerb weight is 238kg.
41mm telescopic forks feature 120mm travel and for 2016 use Showa Dual Bending Valves, with ratios optimised for both compression and rebound damping. This allows the generation of damping force in proportion to piston speed – from the low speed range –improving ride quality and comfort. Increased compression damping provides more progressive firmer suspension response and helps reduce dive under heavy braking. Grey Alumite caps add a finishing touch.
The rear monoshock gains a spring preload adjuster and also has 120mm travel. It operates through an aluminium swingarm with Pro-Link that offers an optimised balance of a soft initial stroke, for dealing with low-speed bumps, and excellent overall control. Up front the 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper deliver plenty of easy to modulate stopping power, complemented by the rear 240mm wavy disc and single-piston caliper. Lightweight two-channel ABS provides powerful and confident braking even on slippery or wet road surfaces. 6position span-adjustable front and rear brake levers make it possible to perfectly tailor reach for individual hand sizes.
Cast aluminium front and rear wheels – sizes 17 x 3.50inch and 17 x 4.50inch – wear 120/70 ZR17 and 160/60 ZR17 tyres. Alongside the frame and suspension they inject the Integra with 'proper' motorcycle handling and feel, very much one of its unique selling points. New forged aluminium L-shaped rim valves make checking and adjusting air pressure easier.
The design of the Integra's liquid-cooled, SOHC 8valve parallel twin-cylinder engine ensures punchy performance in the low-to-mid range. Its relatively long-stroke architecture and specially shaped combustion chambers combine with the high-inertial mass crankshaft to produce large amounts of effortless torque from very low rpm. Peak power is 40.3kW @ 6,250rpm with maximum torque of 68Nm @ 4,750rpm.
PGM-FI always injects the exact fuel/air ratio required for a complete and clean burn at all rpm in any riding situation. The engine is EURO4 compliant with CO2 emissions of 81g/km and fuel consumption of 28.6km/l (WMTC mode) provides a 400km plus range from the 14.1litre underseat fuel tank.
Twin balancers counteract vibration from higher rpm inertia, refining the engine yet still allowing the distinct 'throb' delivered by its 270° firing order. Bore and stroke is set at 80 x 77mm. By keeping the number of parts to a minimum, the engine is kept light, efficient and reliable.
There is just one 36mm throttle body and where possible components are made to do more than one job; the camshaft drives the water pump, while one of the balancer shafts drives the oil pump.
A new lightweight pentagon-shaped muffler is smaller than the previous design and uses two chambers joined by a hole-punched link pipe, which works with a final resonator chamber to create a deeper, more distinctive sound and exhaust pulse. The built-in catalyser has a two-layer structure for cleaner emissions.