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Car reviews - Honda - Prelude - VTi-R coupe

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The final Prelude swapped sexy styling for a refined and dynamic package

Honda logo29 Mar 2001

By TIM BRITTEN

SOME people thought Honda dropped the ball with the latest version of the Prelude when it was introduced in late 1996. The strangely angular design was a complete break from the aggressive, stealthy form of its predecessor. Honda has been pleased to find enough buyers happy to opt for the new car's larger interior and bigger boot, as well its refined on-road performance.
Model release date: 1 January 1997 to 1 July 2002

Did you know?

1. This is the fifth-generation Prelude. The first appeared in 1979

Previous model

Honda Prelude 4th gen

Released: Dec 1991
Ended: Dec 1996
Family Tree: Prelude

The front-drive Prelude coupe was the first popular Honda to showcase VTEC engine technology, with the VTi-R version producing 142kW from 2.2-litres. The combination of a shark-like nose and rabbit-eared rear end gave styling appeal. 96kW and 118kW engines were also available.

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