1999 Honda Prelude Review, Ratings, Specs, Prices, and Photos – The Car Connection

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1999 Honda Prelude Review

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. Illinois — A parking lot at Gateway Raceway, pitched just the Mississippi River from St. contains an enormous expanse of pavement uninterrupted by barriers. makes it an ideal site to off a serpentine autocross course orange plastic traffic and test the mettle of Honda’s sports coupe, the Prelude SH.

Cast in a low stance, with a nose and a high wing flying off the back deck, the Prelude represents a pinnacle of car execution. It confirms Honda’s for helpful gadgets and gizmos, for and dependability, for taking that position which counters of sportiness in powerful acceleration and agility with comfort and

In the past, Honda has used the to show off its latest clever advances. In 1988, for instance, four-wheel steering system on a Prelude, and in 1993 a Prelude the first Honda to receive the of sophisticated VTEC valve for its aluminum engine.

Showing off the SH

This year, Prelude SH shows off Honda’s active transfer system, which the controlled cornering characteristics of a vehicle on one that applies to the front wheels.

A car with a power delivery system may a traction advantage over drive on slick or wet pavement, but it can fall prey to understeer — the for a front-driver to push off its intended nose-first.

The Prelude’s newest device, Torque Transfer System counters this inclination to On-board sensors sample wheel speed, steering and any lateral slippage, then a analyzes the data to see if the car actually the driver’s chosen steering If understeer is detected, the computer more engine torque to the front wheel to compensate for and point the nose back the turn.

The autocross course this effect in the first corner: as wheels began to the system took over in a magical way, seemingly the car back into the turn to the front wheels on course.

It also accomplished the impossible for a vehicle by virtually eliminating steer, whereby the car pulls to one when rapidly accelerating or to the other when braking

This latest high-tech begins with a platform from the last model, stretched slightly in wheelbase and length. These increases not help to produce a smoother quality, but create more interior room, such as in the seat where previously legroom was nil.

The platform in a line of Honda chassis with steel added at key points to forge a stronger which resists torsional and bend tendencies typical for any car in It’s a safer car now, due to a full round of safety-oriented such as side-impact beams in each door and twin aboard for those riding up

Honda Prelude

Same motor, different

Two models — a base Prelude and the Prelude Type SH — depend on the VTEC-induced powerplant. The 2.2-liter with dual overhead four valves in each and multipoint programmed fuel boosts total output to 200 hp. A five-speed is standard, but Honda’s four-speed automatic is optional on the edition and comes with a twist. Dubbed Sequential the automatic also functions as a when desired.

One console-mounted serves as automatic shifter and shift-it-yourself manual stick.

editions wear Honda’s double-wishbone suspension with bars and sport geometry, and stock variable-assisted power and pinion steering and power brakes with anti-lock

Prelude’s interior plan well. With twin up front and a modest bench for two in it essentially functions as a car primarily for and a front passenger in the manner of two-seat roadsters. Yet Prelude did what the typical roadster not — assume a user-friendly attitude, when considering interior

instrument panel, in concise and design, positions bold white-on-black speedometer and tachometer behind the padded steering with smaller round and coolant temperature gauges the larger ones. Climate knobs mount on the dashboard center vents in easy-to-reach with buttons for the sound set immediately below.

A new mesh now dresses all Preludes for 1999.

new exterior colors include Red, White Pearl, Black Pearl, Ficus Pearl and Crystal Blue Inside, black upholstery are in place, along with a new system and Micron air filtration.

Our tests in the Prelude Type SH that while this may not be the powerful car in its class nor the most it feels good to drive and to accommodate — no need to read a driver’s manual for Prelude, buckle up and roll.

The only with the Prelude’s fantastic manners and unflappable behavior is the Even the base Prelude now for more than $23,000. for Prelude Type SH go to $26,000 or

If you want the best-handling front-driver in the you’ll have to pay.

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