Why the heck would we write a headline like that? It's because the Honda CRX (and, arguably the Civic line) is to modern street racers what the '57 Chevy was forty years ago: A car that's cheap, plentiful and can be made to go much faster than intended, without Herculean effort. For the Chevy, that meant seamless V8 engine swaps, for the Honda, it means a bulletproof four-banger that can stand up to all kinds of aftermarket horsepower tweaks. Modern Racer offers quite a bit more detail, focusing specifically on how the CRX's double-wishbone suspension made it a street thoroughbred in econobox dressing.
Honda Civic CRX (1988): Street Racing Favorite [Modern Racer]
Spy Photos: New European Honda Civic Spotted [internal]