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JDM Traditional Japanese Car Honda CR-X

The CR-X is a compact passenger car produced and marketed by Honda.


The first generation CD-X was a derivative of the BALLADE, a sister model of Honda compact model Civic, and was launched prior to the Civic full model change as a passenger car in the new "FF lightweight sports" category.

The origin of CR-X is a coined word combining "Car Renaissance" and the unknown number "X," which means "a car for the new century". It is also said that the development team had the idea of creating a "CIVIC Renaissance," a Civic series with a new sense of values different from those of the previous generation.

The first CR-X was launched in July 1983 as the BALLADE Sport CR-X. Its catchphrase was "Duet Cruiser".

The style of the CR-X was characterized by a "fastback" coupe style with a hatch in the rear and a truncated tail end. It also featured semi-retractable headlights.

The CR-X was available with two types of engines: a 1.5L EW-type engine (PGM-FI version) and a 1.3L EV-type engine (Carburetor version).
In November 1984, a new "Si" model with a 1.6L ZC-type engine was also added.


The second generation CR-X was launched in September 1987. The catchphrase was "cyber sports," in reference to the cyberpunk fad of the time.
In October 1986, the "BALLADE" was removed from the car's name and it became a stand-alone model, as Honda BALLADE was ended. There were two grades: the 1.5L "1.5X" and the 1.6L "Si".

The second generation CR-X retained the styling of the first generation, with flush surfaces in various parts and a wider and lower overall form. The rear end of the car featured an "extra window" to ensure rearward visibility, which had been a problem in the first generation.

The second generation CR-X had two types of engines: the D15B engine (CV dual carbureted) and the ZC engine. the D15B engine, although SOHC, had four valves per cylinder and was called the "hyper 16 valve" engine.

Like the previous CR-X, the "Si" had a power bulge on its hood, making it easy to distinguish its appearance from that of the 1.5X.
In September 1989, the "SiR" equipped with the B16A engine with variable valve timing and "VTEC" lift mechanism was added. It boasted a maximum output of 160 PS.


The third generation CR-X was launched in March 1992. It was given the pet name "delSol" and featured an electric convertible top named "Trans Top," which allowed the roof to be stored in a special holder in the trunk compartment at the touch of a switch, replacing the hatchback style that had been used until then.

In the third generation CR-X, the B16A engine was available in the "SiR" model, and its maximum output was increased to 170 PS.

In addition to the open-top version, it also featured a four-light system with round accessory lights recessed into the bumper inside the headlights.

In December 1998, due to the shrinking market for specialty coupes in Japan and its position as a rival to the Civic Coupe for the North American market, the CR-X delSol was discontinued, ending the 16-year history of three generations of the CR-X.