Honda Prelude 3RD Generation

Honda Prelude 3RD Generation

The third generation of Honda Prelude featured a revolutionary styling compared to its predecessor, with styling cues shared with the later introduced Honda NSX.
The distinctive design draw people’s attention with the pop-up headlights introduced for the first time on a Prelude. The front end was smoothed out and the rear end changed with the spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.

Visibility was improved by narrowing the roof pillars and the glass area was increased by 30%, Honda stating that the new roof was even stronger than the old one.

Honda brought many innovative features with the new Prelude, such as an extraordinary 0.34 drag coefficient and the world’s first mechanical four-wheel-steering system available for a passenger car. With the new 4WS, the car could go a little faster in turns than with the 2WS and as speed climbed, the drivers had a bit more room for error.

Despite a weight increase compared to the previous generation Prelude, the new model offered improved performance with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powerplant that put out 135 hp. The unit was mated with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. Quite impressive for the time, the Prelude needed around 9 seconds to reach 100 kp/h.

Inside, the Prelude was fitted with firm and comfortable manually adjustable bucket seats. The gauges were basic and easy to read and the dashboard was well laid out.

More interior room was available with the new generation and the cargo area could store plenty of luggages.

Engine Technical Data


Engine type – Number of cylinders : Inline 4
Engine Code : B20A7
Fuel type : Petrol
Fuel System : MPI – Honda PGM-FI
Engine Alignment : Transverse
Engine size – Displacement – Engine capacity : 1958 cm3 or 119.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke : 81.0 x 95.0 mm 3.19 x 3.74 inches
Number of valves : 16 Valves
Aspiration : N/A
Compression Ratio : 10.5
Maximum power – Output – Horsepower : 150 PS or 148 bhp or 110 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum torque : 180 Nm or 132 lb.ft @ 5500 rpm
Drive wheels – Traction – Drivetrain : FWD
Transmission Gearbox – Number of speeds :
Num. of Doors : 2
Wheelbase : 256 cm or 100.79 inches
Length : 446 cm or 175.59 inches
Width : 170 cm or 66.93 inches
Height : 130 cm or 51.18 inches
Front Brakes – Disc dimensions : Vented Discs (- mm)
Rear Brakes – Dics dimensions : Discs (- mm)
Front Tyres – Rims dimensions : 195/60 R14
Rear Tyres – Rims dimensions : 195/60 R14
Curb Weight : 1095 kg OR 2414 lbs
Weight-Power Output Ratio : 7.3 kg/hp
Trunk / Boot capacity : 380 L
Front Suspension : Independent. Double Wishbones. coil springs. anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension : Independent. Double Wishbones. anti-roll bar
Fuel Consumption – Economy – Combined: 8.8 L/100km 32 mpg UK / 27 mpg US
Range : 681 Km or 423 miles
Fuel Tank Capacity : 60 L 13.2 UK gallons 15.9 US gallons
CO2 emissions : 210 g/Km (estimate)
Top Speed : 212 km/h or 132 Mph
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) : 7.9 s