The history of the brand Acura began in March 1986, when the US began to sell the Acura Legend. This event was preceded by about ten years of research and development. By the time it was already clear that the sale of Japanese luxury cars should not be done under the usual Japanese brands, but as something new.
The luxury sedan Legend became for the American market something new, its appearance changing for many years ahead the idea of what a high-class car should be like - in fact, apart from the presentable appearance and expensive materials, it gave its owners also a characteristic for all Honda cars excellent handling, and also practical for all Japanese cars.
Legend was equipped with a 2.5-liter V6 engine with 24 valves. Its power was 151 hp. at 5800 rpm. The transmission was represented by a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed "Automatic". The coefficient of air resistance of this machine was only 0.32 thanks to the aerodynamic body design, which was created using NASTRAN, a computer program developed by NASA and designed to analyze the overloads to which a particular design is subjected.
In addition, Legend could boast of disc brakes on all four wheels, the electric driver's seat, allowing you to adjust its position in four directions, increased noise insulation, with which the engine was almost inaudible in the cabin at idle, independent suspension and special body painting technology. As a standard feature also included a sunroof.
A little later, the Acura Legend appeared in the coupe, followed by a model like the Integra. Integra was available in a 3- or 5-door version; both were equipped with a 1.6-liter 113 hp engine, as well as a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission. This more sport-oriented than luxury car was complemented by an ergonomic interior.