Crazy magazine builds tend to disappear, and then reappear years and sometimes decades later. This Honda project was memorable for featuring two engines in this CR-X-2 dubbed “Project Synchronicity” by Car and Driver back in 1984. It even ended up on a C&D cover. Everybody needs a twin-engine Honda CR-X, right? After disappearing for years it has just popped up for sale.
Car and Driver recorded a 0-60 time of eight seconds
This was a collaboration between C&D, California tuner house Racing Beat, and the president of North American Honda Tom Elliott. The plan was to install a second 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the back just like the one in the front. That was its first incarnation. In this form, it had a combined 152 hp. The magazine recorded a 0-60 time of eight seconds which was three seconds faster than the CR-X could muster in stock form. And that was the end, right?
Wrong. If that kind of improvement works then three engines would be better. Unfortunately, there was no place for a third power plant. So, the next best thing was to install two new engines for even more horsepower. That is what Project Synchronicity got next.
Two 1.8-liter engines from two Honda Accords were swapped
Two 1.8-liter engines from two Honda Accords were swapped for the original versions. Besides the engines being swapped a four-speed transmission replaced the stock three-speed automatic. The combined horsepower got a bump to 202 hp. That reduced the 0-60 time to six seconds. It was said that in 1984 these times were better than a new Corvette, but that was a period when Vettes were pretty anemic.
Other changes followed. More gauges to monitor everything were added. Recaro racing seats gave the CR-X a racy vibe. The Mugen body panels were added at this time as well. In all, it is a crazy build with a great history fully documented in C&D no less.
The grime shows this crazy CR-X was and is driven
Everything looks to be in the same shape as in 1984, except that it needs a thorough cleaning. Even the engine compartment has taken on the dirty look. With what looks like typical grime from use it shows this crazy CR-X was and is driven. So it is no show queen or doorstop. The Mugen widebody kit looks the same but the wheels have been swapped out. The monochromatic look was especially in for most of the 1980s.
And it’s for sale somewhere in Florida. It looks like it could use a bit of touchup and detailing but that’s easy. Tell them MotorBiscuit sent you!