About Honda Del Sol
mongst the quirkiest cars designed by the Honda family
, Honda del Sol is recognized as one of the topmost of its type. In 1992, Honda del Sol was introduced by the Honda Family as the successor of Honda CRX. Del Sol
comes from a Spanish term and it means 'of the Sun'.
Honda Del Sol had a combination of Civic platform and sporty cars along with two-seater vibe of Honda CRX. They even supplemented the car with targa tops for helping the vehicle feel similar to a Porsche. Such an excellent design of Honda Del Sol
could have only come from the desire for whipping through the narrow residential tract of Japan.
Honda Del Sol was bought forward by the Honda Family
as a small convertible sports-car with an appearance of mid-engine super cars. However, the traditional configuration of front-wheel and front-engine drive was retained.
The idea of Honda Del Sol
was similar to the much reliable Civic vehicle of Honda. The 'S' standard featured an engine of 16-valve four-cylinders and 1.5 litre SOHC. 'Si' version of Honda Del Sol
was prepared with a VTEC technology involving a four-cylinder engine of 1.6 litre SOHC. ‘S’ version produced around 100 horsepower whereas 'Si' version got closer to 125 horsepower much to the delight of its fans. The former had a thirteen-inch wheel compared to the fourteen-inch alloy wheel of 'Si' version.
The main feature of Honda Del Sol
has been the removable hardtop, which was stored inside the trunk with rear window being retractable. This feature gave an enhancement to this convertible sensation. Its spacious nature can be easily evaluated if you monitor the trunk. It has room for extra luggage even after hardtop is stowed in it. For making Honda Del Sol sportier
, Honda Family provided the rear spoiler. Optional equipments included floor mats going along with standard equipments like anti-sway bar, power-side mirrors and cruise control.
Honda Del Sol became popular instantly after its release. Honda Company
even increased its performance by providing the VTEC version equipped with 160 horse power producing DOHC B-Series engines (1.6 litres). VTEC model had more safety with the presence of ABS-standard. 4-wheel dual airbags and disc brakes were the standards in the ‘Si’ model.
Honda Del Sol Model
was made its own series by the Honda Family during 1995. Little was altered both aesthetically and mechanically from the previous years. Minor adjustments were made like low-fuel indicator lights along with new materials for the seats. The latter version had insignificant changes in them. Bumpers of this car model
were remodelled slightly for eliminating the problems with auxiliary lights. ‘S’ model engines were enlarged for gaining more horsepower. ‘Si’ version now also produces close to 130 horsepower.
United States saw the production of Honda Del Sol l
asting for almost 5 years (1993-1997) with other countries seeing almost 8 years of production. Engine with 160 horsepower offered enough power for this small car. The car
was always recognized as fun for driving car by most users. The performance that it still gives to its user is unmatchable.