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1979-1982 HONDA Prelude I specifications


Based on the second generation Civic, but powered by the Accord’s free-spinning 1.6-litre engine, the Prelude was a sweet little coupé that sold steadily and paved the way for the company’s gradual move upmarket. The Prelude was cramped and had an interior that could charitably described as eccentric, and in the UK, it was also rather expensive, and that limited the Prelude’s appeal in a market littered with talented players like the VW Scirocco and Alfasud Sprint. Well-kept examples fetch good money today, and are even being imported from Japan.

Production

  • Production:
    264,842
  • Price at launch:
    £4,950
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,200
  • Price (average):
    £750
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.3secs
  • Top speed:
    98.0mph
  • Power:
    80.0bhp
  • Torque:
    93.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4090mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2324mm
  • Width:
    1638mm
  • Height:
    1295mm
  • Weight:
    920kgs

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