Honda's famed VTEC variable valve timing system, as John Davis noted way back in 1993, made the NSX faster and the Civic more economical. So what can it do when it kicks in on a sport coupe like the Prelude?
A lot, it turns out in this now 20-year-old episode of MotorWeek. Honda's dearly-departed coupe puts out an impressive 190 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque thanks to VTEC, catapulting the car from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds - somehow, only a bit slower than the NSX. Not bad for a front-driver.
And of course, this is Honda in its heyday, so the Prelude can handle too and brake too. Check out that trick interior too! The 'Lude was indeed an all-star, Mr. Davis.
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