It’s only been a couple of weeks since Acura dropped the news bomb that it was bringing back the Integra. In that time, though, the company has quickly applied to trademark the name “Integra Type S” with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The filing, discovered by Carscoops, was submitted on Aug. 20, a little less than a week after the Integra revival was announced. Curiously, it’s under the category of “Apparel and headwear, namely, caps, hats, T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, knit shirts, polo shirts, jackets and vests,” rather than automobiles.
It seems unlikely, though, that Acura would trademark Integra Type S for shirts and hats if it didn’t plan on building a car to go along with it. So the Integra may come in standard and hotted up versions.
The last time Acura offered an Type S in North America, it wasn’t officially called that. During Acura’s switch to an alphanumeric naming convention, the Integra name was dropped in favor of RSX, built from 2002-06. There, the Type S moniker, while not as hard-core as the previous-generation Integra Type R, still meant a considerable bump in performance.
Regular RSX models had 160 horsepower, but the RSX Type S cranked out 200 to 210, depending on the year. The Type S was also available exclusively with a manual transmission, and had improved suspension and brakes. While a similar improvement in hardware would be more than welcome on an Integra Type S, we don’t want to get too excited over what could just be a logo on a T-shirt.
The wouldn’t be the first time in recent memory a carmaker trademarked a familiar name for swag. Earlier this year Nissan trademarked Fairlady Z — the original name for the Nissan Z-car — for usage on anything from cuff links to wall clocks. Meanwhile, Ford stepped in and trademarked the name Skyline for the category of cars and trucks. So Acura should probably just go ahead and get the trademark for cars, even if it doesn’t plan on offering it at all.