Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001 review

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1997 - 2001 review
Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001
  • Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001
  • Used Honda Prelude Coupe 1997 - 2001
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Which used Honda Prelude coupe should I buy?

The smaller engine option was a 2.0-litre with 132bhp, while the top-of-the-range unit was a 2.2 VTi producing up to 197bhp. The 2.0 is refined, but a little too sedate, while the 2.2 is a typical Honda screamer - similar to the fantastic Civic Type-R engine.

There was an optional four-speed automatic gearbox available, but this was found to be potentially unreliable on the 2.2-litre version, so avoid it. Both models came well equipped, but the top-of-the-range car - our favourite - came with additional technology, such as an Active Torque Transfer system and four-wheel steering.

A Motegi edition was introduced for both engines, adding a bodykit, lowered suspension, bigger alloy wheels and better cabin trim, and is worth tracking down if you can find one.

Due to the age of these cars, you're most likely to find them in the hands of private owners. There are some with private dealers, but they charge a premium. Light-coloured metallic cars are generally more popular than darker shades.