This go’s out to all my Honda junkies out there, those guys who will always be a lover of N/A (normally aspirated cars…..in non car junkie terms, a car that does not have the help of forced induction aka a turbocharger or supercharger to produce more output from the motor). Those who love N/A more than anything are the true car junkies, and the ones that can really understand where I get the term a car and the “soul” it has. There is nothing like a car that produces over 100hp/litre from a normally aspirated engine. Drive one and you will understand exactly what I mean.
Car number 2 I first fell in love with when I saw a more base version of it driving around town. I always wondered what the hell that little car was and finally I was able to inspect one in a parking lots one day and saw “Prelude”.
I love all generations of preludes, but to me, my 4th generation SR-V (Canadian Trim level for the H22A VTEC, which is the Heart and soul of the car) is by far the most endearing. The digital and horizontally displayed dash, the fine leather interior, full of luxury, yet so simply designed. And to me one of the most beautiful Honda’s ever made, far more beautiful than the 5th generation Prelude (sorry guys my preference).
I bought a 1994 SR-V for 9500$ back in 2004, and it was the beginning of a beautiful marriage between hormonal teenager and machine. 190 HP, H22A VTEC motor, bi-polar past 5000rpm. Listen to this beautiful thing oh and take a look at the car’s mileage for all the readers out there who are scared of high mileage cars:
So I decided the car was not fast enough, or more like it’s personality didn’t come out enough as it should. So I began with the “at the time” New AEM V2 CAI, which made the car sound so much more beautiful and made the VTEC switch sound so much more prominent. 350$ well spent.
I then decided I wanted to get the absolute best exhaust possible. http://www.hondatech.com always recommended going to a full 2.5″ exhaust and the header I chose was a custom made Hytech Header system (do some research, they are an amazing piece of work). 2500$ later, the prelude was almost complete, as you can see the thought of a turbo charged system was something I would have never considered, it’s all about N/A.
Then I decided I don’t want the A/C and the power steering running belts of the motor, and robbing away precious power…..a knife and 5 minutes gave me about 3-5 HP and an appointment at Honda to remove the A/C system saved precious weight and gained another bit of HP. I know it’s weird, can’t help it tho! Every ride home was an arm workout without the ability to cool down haha!
The last piece of the puzzle was the ECU tune which could not be tuned with the factory ECU. So the search for a 94-95 Integra GS-R was the last piece of the puzzle before my dyno tune. Once located, installed, and tuned in the car from a custom tune, the car ended up with an amazing 195 WHP!! If you do the math and assume a 15% drivetrain loss that would be around 225 hp and therefore over 100hp/litre. Overall I gotta say the best 5000$ spent in my life and the memories and stories it created will last a lifetime. The Illness was as strong as ever and at this point I had realized it definitely was not curable.
Owned it for 4 years, drove it for 20000 KM, the only issue that occurred was a shifter cable snapping and a total cost of 250$ at the dealership, and the cost of oil changes 🙂
Next car is probably the best car I have ever owned and the one that got away, literally, I will explain.
Live to Drive!!