Auto/Nostalgia. Honda CRX: Golf GTI Counter

If you were told Honda today, you would definitely think about motorcycles. The brand is not one of the manufacturers that we automatically pass on when buying a car. The fault is certainly with a group that adapts sometimes poorly to European tastes.

However, between the 1970s and 2000s, Honda was often synonymous with sports, original, high-performance and demonically endearing cars.

In the early ’80s, Honda offered itself the luxury of challenging GTI cars.


The first-generation short rear is the hallmark of the CR-X. picture d

CR-X, much more than just a GTI

“Honda CR-X – with a dash – bears this name for the Civic Renaissance eXperimental. It was also called the Civic Ballade when it appeared at the end of June 1983 in Japan,” Patrice Verges recalls in his book “My Dad and My Father’s Honda Civic.”

But unlike the Golf or the stamped 205 GTI, the Honda CR-X wasn’t content with being a simple sporty version of the city car. She was a model in her own right. Built on a sedan hatchback wheelbase that has been shortened by 18cm, this coupe benefits from a strong character.

With its extremely slender profile, pronounced lowering of the rear roof and surprisingly truncated trunk, it is unlike anything else on the market.

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Mini coupe but it does the maximum

A unique profile isn’t just there to look good. With an air penetration coefficient (cx) of only 0.33, CR-X is particularly effective. Helped well, it should be accepted by the small size of the device.

The first generation CR-X is only 3.67 meters long, 1.62 meters wide and 1.29 meters high! However, this coupe should not be taken from Honda high. Under the hood, the mechanics are nothing short of minifigures.

The undercarriages were particularly effective, with the CRX delivering groundbreaking behavior. picture d

This first-generation CRX inherits the SOHC block, armed with twelve valves and an overhead camshaft with 100 hp. But Honda won’t stop there.

In 1986, the manufacturer, which was a huge success in Formula 1, justified its reputation as an engine manufacturer with a 125 hp sixteen-valve twin overhead camshaft engine. What largely stood in the way of the little bombs at that time.

The interior was classic, very close to the Civic sedan. picture d

second generation creative

At the end of 1987 Honda introduced the second generation Honda CRX. If this new installation loses the dash, it uses the same recipe as the previous one. Based on the new generation Civic, it applies the same method. The coupe is profiled in the same way, even more aerodynamic (cx 0.30) and more livable thanks to the higher dimensions.

The second generation CRX is 3.77m long and 1.75m wide but loses 2cm in height. With a weight of 925 kg, it can benefit from a very convenient weight / power ratio, thanks to the new ingenuity of the brand’s engine manufacturers.

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The second generation continues to inspire fans of the Honda brand. picture d

VTEC Engines

At launch, the only available engine was a 1.6-liter, 16-valve, 130-horsepower engine. A very modern block at the time, especially in comparison with European manufacturers which cuts a first-class performance from 0 to 100 km / h in just 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 205 km / h.

Despite the high price tag, which will rise again in 1989, from 99,000 to 107,500 Fahrenheit, the only fully-equipped version of the CRX sells like hot cakes in pretty neighborhoods and for brand enthusiasts.

After some tweaks in 1990, the CRX Coupe will continue to move forward. The goal is simple: to drive the final nail in the coffin of competition with an entirely new generation of engines.

Engineers’ brand

To mark 1991, Honda installed a new 16-valve engine. Equipped with a variable intake timing, it generates a power of 150 horsepower. The CRX is sure to win the hearts of enthusiasts. The chassis has been reworked for more rigidity, improved finishes, and the coupe gets new bucket seats in black leather and red stitching. The tests of specialized journalists at that time were unanimous.

The CRX's tachometer is engraved to 9000 rpm.  picture d

The CRX’s tachometer is engraved to 9000 rpm. picture d

Acceleration is fun and with a rev counter graded to 9000 rpm, the CRX has no equal on the market. The second generation CRX cars equipped with the VTEC engine are still quite rare, having been produced for only two years. This engine, with its outstanding performance and character, will be found on other models in the Honda range, from the Civic to the NSX.

The latest generation, the CRX Del Sol, changes the concept into a two-seater Targa.  picture d

The latest generation, the CRX Del Sol, changes the concept into a two-seater Targa. picture d

A third generation with a different philosophy

The third CRX appeared from the name in 1992. The great era of small sports cars came to an end and Honda felt the tide turned. Pure and solid sports cars have had their day and customers are moving more and more towards recreational vehicles.

The CRX radically changed the concept: only two seats, and a removable roof capable of converting it into a Targa, earning it the nickname “CRX del sol”. Less athletic in nature, it also loses practicality.

In Europe, sales are dropping, it’s the end of the CRX. A model that distinguished its time and gave a lot to the image of Honda in the world.

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Data sheet: Honda CRX (ED9)

  • engine : 4 cylinders in line, 16 valves
  • feed : electronic injection
  • strong : 130 hp
  • Husband : 143 Nm
  • 0 to 100 km/h : 8.1 seconds
  • Motion vector : 5 speed manual
  • weight : 910 kg
  • in max : 205 km / h

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