Its 2024 Honda Prelude Sport Coupe was just one of the models. It was available in the United States from 1978 until 2001 and ran through five generation. Although the initial model offered moderate performance, later variants of the Prelude offered excellent handling and the highest levels of performance technology like four-wheel steering.
The current lineup of Honda’s doesn’t contain a sport coupe and the most dazzling Acura can be purchased comes with a four-door Integra Type S. With this in mind the HotCars digital artist Rostislav Prokop has produced an amazing rendering of what an imagined 2024 Prelude idea would appear like. It brings back this era-gone front-wheel drive vehicle with astounding levels of performance in the contemporary era. If it becomes the reality of the future, it will provide a serious challenge to contemporary sports coupes like those of the Ford Mustang, Toyota Supra as well as Nissan Z.
2024 Honda Prelude Sport Coupe Review
The first-generation Prelude was a classic design that was seen from Japanese sports cars of the 1980s. The third and second-generation models shifted to a more streamlined design with a contemporary look. Fourth-gen models switched to a more curvaceous look however, it was the fifth-generation models that had the most stunning visual indications.
In our rendering, Prokop is a sleek design that is the 5th-gen Prelude and transforms it into a sleek sports coupe that’s suited to Honda’s latest lineup. The exterior design is a perfect blend of the retro lines you’d expect to see on an automobile in the early 2000s, paired with modern design elements. This digital vision gets a sleek front design with an angular shape for the headlights, like the ones you’ll find on the 2023 Honda Accord. The grille as well as the design of the hood are in line with the style of other contemporary Honda automobiles. The front bumper is given distinct lines and features numerous aerodynamic elements including wide air-intakes and a slim splitter.
Retro-styled automobiles is hot this year in the auto sector. Hyundai is seeing a surge of attention with its new models that feature these visual cues like its Ioniq 5 and its steller N Vision concept. With this in mind, Prokop keeps the side shape of the Prelude render akin to the traditional design of the coupe’s fifth-gen model. The style is sleek and clean with a strong shoulder line. Front fenders, the doors and the rear quarter panel get sleek styling, and the big rocker panel matches the lines perfectly. The large fixed wing at the rear will likely bring back memories of classic JDM sports coupes of the past two decades.
The rear of our render is full of modern amenities. It has a huge taillight feature, with the two light bar LEDs running across the your trunk. The Honda badge is then placed on the middle of the taillight assembly. The front bumper and the top of the trunk are given an angular shape, and the dual exhausts along with the aggressive diffuser appear stunning.
When Honda brings back the Prelude to make it a six-gen version and our design comes to fruition It’s likely that it will have the same engine like in the 2023 Civic Type-R. The fastest version of the popular car comes with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that can produce 315 horsepower as well as 301 pounds-feet of torque.A 2024-based model of the Prelude will also feature front-wheel drive, and employ the same equipment as Type-R. It can hit 60 mph in just five minutes.
A fresh variant of the Prelude that is based on the Type-R’s chassis and with the same engine, should be able to put up similar impressive numbers in terms of performance, or even better, thanks to having two doors less.
Models & Specs
The Prelude was among the top automobiles in Honda’s lineup during the 1980s and the 90s. It wasn’t a perfect sports coupe right from the start. The first generation model was somewhat uninteresting and was far from the super-fast two-door vehicle that Honda claimed it would be. It borrowed components from the original Accord including brakes and suspension. It also came with its own 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that could produce 72 horsepower and 94 pounds of torque. The numbers for performance were not as amazing as the Prelude hitting 60 miles per hour within 11.4 seconds.
The situation changed dramatically with the second generation Prelude. In addition to a brand new look, Honda gave it an entirely new platform, revamped the suspension and added the new engine lineup. The base models featured 100 hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder that was capable of achieving 60 speed within 9.6 seconds. In the following years, Honda also came up with the Prelude Si with a bigger 2.0-liter motor that could produce 110 hp and 114 pounds-feet of torque. The hotter version of the coupe cut the sprint from 60 mph, which was reduced to 9.1 seconds.
Third-gen models featured an updated engine lineup as well as Honda’s remarkable 4-wheel-steering system. The base motor was with 109 horsepower 2.0-liter SOHC four-pot, while the Si models came with the 2.0-liter engine with dual overhead camshafts with 135 horsepower. In the future, Honda also added a 2.1-liter DOHC four-cylinder with 140 horses. The fourth-gen Prelude that was introduced in the U.S. in 1991, featured a redesigned engine lineup also. In the base S trim had the 2.2-liter four-cylinder that had 135 horsepower and those with the Si as well as it’s SE (1995 solely) included a 160-horsepower 2.3-liter four-pot engine under the hood.
The most sexiest model is the VTEC (1993 from 1993 to 1996) that utilized the variable valve timing technique and increasing performance of the naturally aspirated four-cylinder up to an astounding 187 horsepower. These cars could achieve 60 mph from a standing still with a time of 7.1 seconds. The fifth-gen Prelude models from the fifth generation Prelude had a single engine choice in North America – a 2.2-liter DOHC VTEC four-cylinder engine that churns out an impressive 195 horsepower. The steering with four wheels was cut out, however Honda launched its ATTS (Active Torque Transfer System) to address the understeer caused by Prelude’s front-wheel drive system.
2024 Honda Prelude Sport Coupe Price & Release Date
The 2024 Honda Prelude was a great car. It featured powerful engines it was reliable and was a stunning sports coupe within Honda’s lineup for the older buyer. Unfortunately, Honda had to pull the out of the S2000 in 2001 because of the low sales, with buyers choosing other Honda models, like the V6-powered Accord and it’s Civic Si, and the S2000.
If you’re looking to purchase a second-hand Prelude There is a high chance you will find a clean Prelude, given that Honda manufactured more than 800,000 units of the sports coupe between 1979 to 2001. According to Classics.com the average cost of selling the Honda Prelude in the collector market is currently around $13,214. The most expensive sale ever recorded was $40,086 on a second-generation model.