6 of the Fastest Honda Sports Cars Ever Produced
Honda has always been known for making some of the most reliable, affordable, and efficient cars in the market. Over the past 40 years, the Japanese automaker has churned out and evolved some of the most renowned sedans, coupes, minivans, and SUVs that have withstood the test of time.
There have also been some sports cars thrown in the mix, which were blessed with some of the Formula 1 DNA that the brand is also known for. That means that these sports cars were just for looks; they were fast as well. Here are six of the fastest sports cars that Honda has ever produced.
1. Honda Prelude VTEC – 142 mph
The fourth generation of the Honda Prelude first appeared in the market in 1992. According to Hot Cars, this version of the Prelude was a “dramatic departure from the angular origami designs prevalent in its predecessors.” What also set it apart from the rest was its available rear-wheel steering system and, more importantly, its 195-hp VTEC engine. That legendary H22 engine was able to get the car up to 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 142 mph.
2. Acura Integra Type R – 148 mph
The Acura Integra Type R was never known for straight-line speed. Instead, it was meant to be a technical terror in the turns with its double-wishbone suspension, Torsen limited-slip differential, and stiffened chassis. Under its hood was a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter VTEC engine that produced 195 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. That might not sound like much by today’s standards, but it was enough power to accelerate the car to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 148 mph.
3. Honda S2000 – 150 mph
Just like the Integra Type R, the Honda S2000 was meant for cornering at high speeds as opposed to leaving cars in the dust in the straightaways. Its high-revving 2.2-liter VTEC engine made 237 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, which some may say felt anemic, but it was powerful enough to propel the car up to 150 mph.
4. Honda Civic Type R – 168 mph
There have been a few generations of the Honda Civic Type R overseas, but the one that made its way to the U.S. market is one of the fastest. The current-generation Civic Type R is imbued with a race-ready suspension, sports seats, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 306 hp. That power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, which was enough to break the FWD record at the fabled Nürburgring. Additionally, the Civic Type R can get up to 168 mph, which makes it one of the fastest Hondas on this list.
5. Honda NSX-R – 175 mph
In the U.S., we received the standard version of the first-generation NSX. But overseas, Honda released more iterations, which included the NSX Type-S, NSX Type S-Zero, NSX-R, and NSX-R GT. The NSX-R, just like the Integra Type-R, was the race-oriented version built for setting fast lap times as opposed to being comfortable for the everyday drive.
Although the stripped-down NSX lacked some of the creature comforts that the regular car had, it traded them for a 290-hp, 3.2-liter V6 engine that was able to rocket the car to 60 mph in five seconds and up to a top speed of 175 mph.
6. Acura NSX Type S (second generation) – 191 mph
The second generation of the Acura NSX arrived 25 years after the original. Instead of being the high-revving, rear-drive sports car it once was, it was now an AWD supercar fitted with a unique hybrid powertrain. After spending four years in the market, Honda decided to discontinue it. But not before releasing the Acura NSX Type S as one last hurrah.
Only 350 units of this limited-edition model were produced, which is a shame considering it was of the most powerful Hondas ever. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine matched to three electric motors that deliver 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. That amount of power is enough to get the car up to a top speed of 191 mph, which is the fastest Honda on this list.
The fastest Honda sports cars ever produced
Honda may not be known for making all-out speed demons, but the Japanese automaker knows how to make a well-balanced automobile. It doesn’t matter if it’s a sedan, coupe, minivan, or sports car; you can bet that it’s going to be well-built and solid, as we can see with these fast examples.