We Miss the Honda Prelude

We Miss the Honda Prelude

Today, Honda offers one true two-door—the Civic coupe. The Accord coupe died with the ninth-generation model last year, and the lovely Prelude didn't make it past 2001. Watching this old MotorWeek review of the 1997 Prelude Type SH, we really wish it survived. This was a truly great car.Ok, so, maybe the fifth-gen Prelude wasn't the flashiest coupe on the market, but it was a handsome thing. But more importantly, it was a innovator in the great Honda tradition, bringing clever tech to the masses in a way that no other automaker did. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below When equipped with a five-speed manual, the Prelude Type SH offered 195 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque from its 2.2-liter twin-cam four, which were good numbers for the day. .

As was the 6.5-second 0-60 mph run MotorWeek recorded. And yes, the engine had VTEC. A diagram from Honda explaining how ATTS works. Honda But arguably cooler than the engine was the Type SH's Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS), which is one of the earliest electronic torque-vectoring differentials offered in a road car. ATTS measured steering angle, yaw, lateral G forces, and ABS data to determine how power should be distributed between the front wheels. .

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