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It’s no secret that we’re big Honda fans. After all, the Japanese automaker has made some of the most reliable, efficient, and coolest cars in the market over the past 50 years. As such, we would like to point out four of the coolest cars Honda has produced, in addition to three you probably have never heard of.

1. Honda Prelude VTEC

A 1994 Honda Prelude VTEC
A 1994 Honda Prelude VTEC | Getty Images

The Honda Prelude originally started out as a boxy two-door coupe with pop-up headlights. As the years passed, Honda smoothed out the Prelude’s aesthetics and incorporated a more elegant look that matched well with its sportiness. By 1992, the pop-up headlight disappeared, and wider front fascia, a four-wheel steering system, and a potent 2.2-liter VTEC engine were introduced. That formula made the Prelude VTEC one of the coolest passenger sports cars Honda ever produced.

2. Acura Integra Type R

1997 Acura Integra Type R front view
1997 Acura Integra Type R | Getty Images

The Acura Integra Type R is one of the most iconic cars the Japanese automaker has ever produced. Based on the third-generation Integra, the Type R featured a track-tuned suspension, a lot of weight savings, and a more-powerful VTEC engine. That engine revved up to 8,500 rpm while producing 195 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. That may not sound like much by today’s standards, but the Type R was still quite the terror on the track.

3. Acura NSX

A head-on view of the 1991 Acura NSX driving down a road
1991 Acura NSX | Acura

There’s not much to say about the venerable Acura NSX that hasn’t already been said. The first-generation NSX debuted in 1990 and was a smash hit, thanks to its athletic prowess and eager V6 engine. That engine pushed out 290 hp and introduced the VTEC mechanism to the automotive world, cementing the car as one of the best in automotive history.

The second-generation NSX built upon the nameplate by offering far more aggressive aesthetics and a highly-advanced hybrid powertrain. The powertrain uses a twin-turbo V6 engine that’s mated to three electric motors for blistering performance and comfortable daily drivability.

4. Honda CRX Si

A yellow 1990 Honda CRX SI
1990 Honda CRX Si | Honda

The Honda CRX Si may not be as robust as the others on this list, but it deserves a spot. The CRX Si was the sporty version of the two-door hatchback that Honda produced from 1986-1991. Although it wasn’t fast, its 106-hp engine made it fun to drive as it motivated the car’s 2,000-pound body nicely. The CRX was also very athletic with its tight double-wishbone suspension, making it feel like a huge go-cart that can be driven daily.

5. The Honda S660 is a Kei Car we wish we could get in the U.S.

A Honda S660 at an auto show
Honda S660 | Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

The Honda S660 is a tiny two-seat roadster made for the Japanese Kei car market. It sports a mid-engine, rear-drive setup and a 45:55 front/rear weight balance distribution for excellent handling. Despite its aggressive look and low-slung architecture, the S660 is not that fast. It’s powered by a 64-hp, 660cc DOHC engine that’s turbocharged and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Despite the lack of power, the Honda S660 is a small roadster that we’re sure is fun to drive. We just wish we got it here in the U.S.

6. Do you know about the Honda S500?

Honda S500
Honda S500 | Wikimedia Commons

The Honda S500 was not only the first “S” designated car the brand produced but also one of the first passenger cars. The S500 was powered by a small 531cc engine that featured a roller-bearing crankshaft and hemispherical combustion chambers. This advanced design allowed the S500 to spin up to 9,500 rpm while producing 44 hp and a top speed of 80 mph. Pretty cool stuff.

7. You probably have never heard of the Honda 1300

A red Honda 1300
Honda 1300 | Wikimedia Commons

If you haven’t heard of the Honda 1300, don’t worry, we haven’t either. Apparently, the 1300 was produced from 1969 to 1972 and was one of Honda’s forgotten sports cars. Despite that, the 1300 was still really cool in its own right. It featured a 116-hp, 1.3-liter engine that outperformed other cars in its class and introduced an air-cooled concept that found its way into other Honda vehicles.

The coolest Honda sports cars never die

Although all of these sports cars a long gone and discontinued, they live on as being some of the coolest Hondas ever produced. If only Honda could bring some of them back.


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