Honda del Sol Offers Fun in Sun in 3 Models from 15K to 21K

By Wechter, Arnold | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 20, 1996 | Go to article overview

Honda del Sol Offers Fun in Sun in 3 Models from 15K to 21K


Wechter, Arnold, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


If "fun" and "sun" are high priorities when it comes time to purchase a new car, you owe it to yourself to check out Honda's del Sol.

The del Sol is a sporty two-seater that combines the enjoyment of open-air driving with latest technology.

Del Sol's window to the sun is a lightweight roof panel that can be lifted and stored in a mounting rack in the trunk.

Honda makes three versions of the del Sol. The top-of-the-line del Sol VTEC features a sophisticated power plant. The 1.6-liter, 16-valve, DOHC 160-horsepower VTEC four-cylinder engine. This engine produces more power per liter than any other normally aspirated power plant on the road.

We're not going into details but VTEC stands for Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control. It works and definitely provides more power and fuel economy.

It was this engine that powered the test car.

Buyers of this model also receive an anti-lock braking system along with larger front and rear stabilizer bars and larger performance-oriented tires as standard equipment.

The middle of the line is the Si model powered by a 1.6-liter, SOHC, VTEC engine. It produces 127 horses.

The base S has a new engine, a 1.6-liter, 16-valve, 106-horsepower engine. This same engine powers the new Civic line and is the first production gas engine to meet California's LEV (low-emission vehicle) standards.

Price-wise all three del Sol models are affordable. Prices start at $15,080 for the base model but the test car came in at $20,846.

Traditionalists believe sports cars should be driven by the rear wheels. The front-wheel-drive del Sol VTEC does an excellent job of puncturing this theory.

Throw it hard into a curve and you feel understeer and then the upgraded suspension and those larger tires take hold and it clings, clings and clings. It's a sports car in our book.

Honda has done an excellent job in providing excellent road feedback in its steering system.

The disc brakes all-around on the test car performed faultlessly.

One can only admire the free-revvin' VTEC engine. …

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