Honda CR-X del Sol

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The Honda Civic del Sol was a 2-seater front-engined, front wheel drive, targa top convertible manufactured by Honda in the 1990s. Based on the Civic platform, the Del Sol was the successor to the popular Honda CR-X. It debuted in 1992 in Japan and the United Kingdom, and 1993 in the United States.

The Spanish name del sol translates as of the sun, and refers to the car’s opening roof. It was not a full convertible, featuring a removable hardtop that stowed in the trunk and a retractable rear window for that “convertible” feel. Trunk space was reduced from 10.5cf to 8.3cf while the targa was stowed.

In many markets the CR-X naming convention was dropped from the del Sol line as it was distinctly different from earlier models, which were hatchbacks and not targas. Starting with the 1995 models, Honda dropped the ‘Civic’ name from the del Sol in the Americas.

Production and sales ended with the 1997 model in the U.S. and 1998 elsewhere, with a total of slightly fewer than 75,000 models sold in America.

The del Sol was first introduced to North America in 1993 in two trim levels, The S and the SI. The base “S” model (called the VXi in Japan) came with a 1.5 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine and rode on 13″ steel wheels. The Japanese VXi version, came with a Honda D15B engine. This was an entry level VTEC engine that produces 130 bhp (97 kW; 132 PS), matching the power of the 1.6 Si version. Despite the body resemblance to a mid-engined car design, the del Sol shared a front-engined design with the contemporary Honda Civic.

The uplevel “Si” (called the “ESi” in Europe) model came standard with a 1.6 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine with Honda’s VTEC. The Si also came with 14″ alloy wheels which were offered in an optional body color-matched paint scheme on Samba Green models, power side mirrors, cruise control, rear disc brakes and a front anti-sway bar for improved handling.