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The 1998 Honda Prelude was a facelifted mid-size sedan that debuted in 1989. The base car lacked a manual transmission and featured a carbureted 2.0S engine. The new fuel-injected Si model was introduced as an entry-level trim level, supplanting the earlier, carbureted version. It was available with a 4-wheel-drive system or an optional four-wheel-steering system. The B21A1 engine was 83 mm in bore and 2056 cc in displacement. It was fitted with a special cylinder liner known as FRM, which contributed to the high oil consumption of this car.
The fourth-generation Honda Prelude was launched in Japan on 19 September 1991 and was released in Europe in early 1992. It had a 58% weight distribution between the front and rear wheels and a 4.266:1 final drive ratio. The fifth-generation prelude also came with an ABS system. The 2.2-liter VTEC engine produced 133 PS, or 98 kW, of power. The 2.3-liter Non-VTEC engine was introduced in 1996, replacing the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was discontinued after the 1997 model year, and a 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC, was introduced. The new engine was not a direct replacement for the old one, and needed a hood modification. It replaced the 1.8-liter engine with one that was designed for the Prelude. It was designed to sit further back on the hood and tilted back. The European version had slight changes to the rear lights and new front and rear bumpers.
The fourth-generation version had a 2.3-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission. Its 2.2-liter H22A engine produced 220 PS and 163 lb-ft of torque. The 1.8-liter model was designed specifically for the Prelude and had a lowered hoodline. The European version had slightly different rear lights and a revised front and rear bumper.
The fifth-generation Prelude was sold in Japan only, and it featured a 2.2-liter engine with a VTEC (Via-like) transmission. It was also a popular sports car with a lightweight, compact design that made it ideal for commuting. Its 2.3-liter engine produced 163 lb-ft of torque. Although this engine was not particularly powerful, it was still a powerful machine.
The fifth-generation Prelude featured an automatic transmission and a five-speed manual transmission. It also had an optional two-speed drive system. This was very popular and a perfect vehicle for its class. Its price was affordable, but it lacked a manual gearbox. The Type S came with a six-speed transmission and a VTEC-based engine. Both cars shared a similar drive train, and the new models were made to meet Japanese government regulations.
The 1999 model year saw the introduction of two special edition trim models - the Motegi and SiTCV. The Motegi model was designed with the first generation of the Prelude's four-wheel-steering system, allowing drivers to experience better control in tight corners. The active torque transfer system was first used in the 1997 Honda Prelude Type SH. There was no VTEC engine in the U.S., but the car did get this feature.