Prelude SiR
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6,000 CR
Model year: 2000
Performance Index: D 348
Drive Type: FWD
Engine Placement: Front
Basic Performance
Advanced Performance
Power: 197 HP (146 kW)
Torque: 161 lb ft (218 N·m)
Weight: 2778 lbs (1260 Kg)
Front: 63%
Displ: 2.2 L
Power/weight: 156 HP per ton

116 kW per ton

Perhaps underappreciated when compared to the flashier Acura/Honda Integra, the fifth car to wear the Prelude name is arguably the best and deserves a closer look. The crisp, creased lines have aged well, and manage to exude an image of classiness that is absent in many Hondas with “boy-racer” images. The Prelude is as well-behaved as its exterior suggests, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring—instead, it’s the best handling Prelude ever. Utilizing an array of suspension modifications and a trick torque-vectoring system called ATTS—shuffling power from side to side during cornering for extra balance and grip—the Prelude SiR corners better than its predecessors without relying on their complex four-wheel steering systems. The result is more civilized cornering, and the ample power (and more importantly, torque) provided by the 2.2-liter engine makes pulling hard out of an apex a breeze. The Prelude is most at home on courses with wide exits, like Infineon Raceway, where the power on tap can give it the edge over less torquey rivals coming out of a corner.

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