All About Honda Prelude
The Honda Prelude was initially produced to compete as a compact sports car, but was it worthy of the title?
was first issued in Japan in 1978. It was produced third in line to the Civic and Accord. The main new feature it provided, which was fairly modern and rarely found in cars
, was the glass moon-roof, of huge size and proportions considerably. The car gave the impression of being a mix of styles, especially those of the civic and accord, the two other main cars in the Honda Models
line at the time. During the period of 1978-1982, it was equipped with the cubic centimeters of 1751, Single Overhead Camshaft (SOHC) Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) engine. The CVCC enabled Honda cars
to fulfill the USA emissions standards without a catalytic converter, which was a huge step for Honda. This gave the company
an access to the American market.
During 1983-1987, pop-up headlights were introduced to the car, giving it more aerodynamics; reducing drag or pull onto the car. Honda Prelude
was also updated with a 1.8 liter carburetor engine. The main problem, at that time, was the huge amount of drag generated in case of opening the headlights at high speed.
The third generation which was issued from 1988 till 1991, was surprisingly modernized as four wheel
steering was introduces. It was added to ensure faster response when steering, better
and lower turning radius when slowing. Some shape modifications were also made as well as improving fuel consumption, lowering drag, improving visibility by reducing the bonnet line and less noise over all. This was a successful generation as it was often featured in magazines and compared to top of the line cars.
As generations followed, Honda
updated it according to available technology. There were five generations all in all. From newer engines, better suspension, to including airbags. The most notable update was the 4-way transmission, which was considerably rare and modern at the time of production. This feature managed to set the Honda Prelude
away from the crowd. The last production was in 2001 as it was discontinued in the following year. A rather peculiar update was in the fourth generation, when they included a TV in the dashboard; something, which many drivers thought, was an advantage. In the fifth generations, all these car models
were supplied with automatic transmission (4 speeds). This modern feature allowed the drivers to shift gears with a method similar to the used Porsche system at the time.
The best advantage of the Prelude
was the four-wheel double wishbone suspension, which provided more stability and sensitivity to the driver's steering. Another advantage was better visibility, as mentioned before, which was useful during parking and cramped turns. The Honda prelude
was also known for its strength and durability, something that attracted a lot of buyers.
The Honda Prelude
was discontinued upon the release of the fifth generation of another Honda car called Integra. This discontinuation was much to the dismay of the Prelude lovers.