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Mk 1 Honda Civic CR-X

2 mk1 Honda Civic CR-X's. Note: Original USDM Mk 1s had recessed headlights, the profiled ones were a revision in 1987.

1991 CRX Si - Tahitian Green

Honda CRX 1.6i-16 (ED9)

EF8 Honda CRX SiR

Honda CR-X

The Honda CR-X, originally launched as the Honda Ballade Sports CR-X in Japan, is a compact sports car manufactured by Honda. The first generation CR-X was sold in some regions outside Japan as the Honda Civic CR-X. The "CR-X" name is said by some to stand for "Civic Renaissance-Experimental".

The Mk 1 Honda Civic CR-X was first produced in 1983 and is a lightweight sport hatchback. In the US market, the CR-X was marketed as an economy sport hatchback, having room for just two passengers. European markets, however, received a more powerful 130 hp engine and four seats.

Redesigned in 1988 through 1991, the Mk2 CR-X was very popular for its performance (specifically the USDM performance model, Si), nimble handling, and good fuel economy - the USDM CR-X HF model could reliably achieve better than 50 miles per gallon, more than a decade before gas-electric hybrids appeared on the market.

One of the rarest options for the CRX was the Cyber Glass roof, it streched from the end of the top of the windsheild, and went all the way back to the hatch opening, the roof was brown in color and is extremly rare.

The Mk2 Japanese Si and European 16v models came with a 1.6 DOHC engine putting out 128 bhp. The Si engine was stamped ZC, whilst the 16v stamped D16A9. Honda refreshed the looks of the car in these markets in 1990 when it added the B16A VTEC engine in the 150 bhp VT and 160bhp SiR models in the UK & Europe and Japan respectively. The CR-X was the second car to receive a Honda VTEC engine after the Integra.

The Mk 2 CR-X was replaced in 1993 by the Mk 3 CR-X del Sol, a targa top 2-seater again based on the Civic platform. The del Sol was discontinued in 1997 for US markets and 1998 for other markets.

Awards

The Civic CR-X was Motor Trends Import Car of the Year for 1984. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1985. The redesigned CR-X was on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1988. The CR-X Si was Motor Trends Import Car of the Year for 1988.

Mk 1 Honda Civic CR-X

CR-X HF (USDM)

  • Weight - 777 kg (1713 lb)
  • Engine - D15A2, SOHC 8-valve
  • Power - 57 hp SAE (42 kW)

CR-X Si (USDM)

  • Weight - 897 kg (1977 lb)
  • Engine - D15A3, SOHC 12-valve
  • Power - 91 hp (66 kW) @ 5,500 rpm / 93 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

CR-X (USDM)

  • Weight - 878 kg (1936 lb)
  • Engine - EW1, SOHC 12-valve (3 barrel carburetor)
  • Power - 76 hp (58 kW) / 85 lb-ft

CR-X (UKDM)

  • Weight - 878 kg (1936 lb)
  • Engine - D16A8, DOHC 16-valve (injection)
  • Power - 123 hp (58 kW)

Mk 2 Honda CR-X

USDM

CRX Si (1991)

  • Weight - 2,174 lb
  • Engine - Honda D16A6 SOHC 16-valve I4
  • Power - 108 hp @ 6,000 rpm / 100 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

European domestic market (EDM)

CRX 1.6i-16 (ED9)

  • Weight - 899 kg (1982 lb)
  • Engine - D16A9, DOHC
  • Power - 128 hp SAE (95 kW)

CRX 1.6i-VT (EE8)

  • Weight - 1010 kg (2227 lb)
  • Engine - B16A1, DOHC 16-valve, VTEC
  • Power - 147 hp SAE (110 kW)

Standard equipment:

  • Alloy wheels (14")
  • Full leather seats (Embrioded with CR-X VTEC in Red Stitching)
  • Electric sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • Electric mirrors

Optional equipment:

  • Rubber dash mat (rare)
  • Air conditioning (rare, ~20 kg/44 lb)
  • CR-X mats mud flaps

Japanese domestic market (JDM)

CR-X 1.5X (twincarb) (EF6)

  • Weight - 840 kg (1852 lb)
  • Engine - D15, SOHC
  • Power - 98 hp SAE (73 kW)

Optional equipment:

  • Glass roof ( 10 kg/22 lb)
  • Sun roof ( 20 kg/44 lb)

CR-X Si (EF7)

  • Weight - 890 kg (1962 lb)
  • Engine - ZC, 16-valve DOHC
  • Power - 128 hp SAE (95 kW)

CR-X SiR (EF8)

  • Weight - 970 kg (2139 lb)
  • Engine - B16A, DOHC 16-valve, VTEC
  • Power - 157 hp SAE (117 kW)

Standard equipment:

  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Half-leather seats
  • Power steering

Optional equipment:

  • ABS ( ~20 kg/44 lb)
  • Climate control
  • "CR-X" mats mud flaps
  • Glass roof ( 10 kg/22 lb)
  • Sun roof ( 20 kg/44 lb)
  • Centre arm rest
  • Rubber dash mat (rare, possible option)
  • Folding electric mirrors (electric mirrors are standard)







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