The Honda Prelude won the title of the finest handling front-drive car ever built and one of the world’s beat 4-cylinder engines by not being the standard cookie-cutter sedan that car manufacturers produced back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The early Prelude did have a few issues since it was an Accord on steroids, but that label quickly disappeared when the Prelude became the first car to display Honda’s leading edge engine technology. Honda Prelude Japanese Car Engines for Sale at Japaneseenginesforsale.com for less, Call now.
The Prelude was the first Japanese sports coupe with double wish-bone suspension, fuel injection, a electronic variable valve timing system ( although the 1990 Acura NSX was actually first), and four-wheel steering, which was a dud at the retail level. Even though the 1979 Prelude was not handsome by sports car standards, it was a car designer’s dream that was filled with a mishmash of eccentric instruments and awkward seats, especially in the rear.
The first engine was the CVCC SOHC 4-cylinder that produces 72 horsepower at 4,500 rpms and 94 ft-lbs of torque at 3,000 rpms. The first generation Honda did impress some early fans, but the second generation Prelude was the car that changed the company.
The 1983 Prelude had a 100 horsepower, SOHC 12-valve, 2-carb, 4-cylinder head engine cast in aluminum and titanium alloy. The suspension was updated and the body design was sports car worthy. In 1985, the 2.2 litre engine was fuel injected; the 1986 and 1987 Preludes had the same engine.
The second generation Prelude defined Honda, and in many ways it took the company to another level of engine and body excellence. The third generation Prelude Si had a twin carburetor SOHC 12-valve, 2.0 litre engine with 104 horsepower as well as a DOHC 16-valve fuel injected engine with 135 horsepower. The 16-valve 135 horse engine was the most powerful engine in a Honda model.
In 1990, the 2.1 litre all aluminum DOHC 16-valve engine with 140 horsepower was offered in the nose of the Si model. The base S model got a fuel-injected engine that produce 105 horsepower with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
By 1992, the Prelude S was percolating with a 2,156cc, SOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine with a 135 horsepower rating at 5,200 rpms, and the Si had a 2,259cc, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that produced 160 horsepower at 5,800 rpms. The VTEC engines first appeared in 1993.
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