Honda CR-X del Sol

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Honda CR-X del Sol
1994 Honda Civic del Sol Si.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerHonda
Also called
  • Honda Civic del Sol
  • Honda del Sol
  • Honda CRX[1]
Production1992–1998
Model years1993–1998
AssemblyJapan: Suzuka, Mie (Suzuka Plant)
DesignerYoshikazu Kigoshi (1989)[2]
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact
Body style2-door Targa top roadster
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
ChassisEG1, EG2, EH6
RelatedHonda Civic
Acura/Honda Integra
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,370 mm (93.3 in)
Length4,005 mm (157.7 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,255 mm (49.4 in)
Curb weight2,295–2,535 lb (1,041–1,150 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorHonda CR-X

The Honda CR-X del Sol (marketed in other markets as the Honda Civic del Sol, Honda del Sol and the Honda CRX) is a two-seater targa top car manufactured by Honda from 1992 until 1998. Despite the body resemblance to a mid-engine car design, the del Sol is based on the front-engined Honda Civic platform and was the successor to the Honda CR-X.

The Spanish name del Sol translates to of the sun, and refers to the car's opening roof. The del Sol featured a removable aluminum hardtop that stowed onto a hinged frame in the trunk and a motorized drop-down rear window. Manual and automatic “TransTop” roofs were available in select markets. It is the first open-air Honda sold in the United States.

Production and sales ended with the 1997 model in North America and 1998 elsewhere.[3]

Japanese and European markets[edit]

Rear

The CR-X del Sol was first introduced to Japan and Europe in 1992 for the 1993 model year. The base model (called the VXi in Japan from 1992 to 1994, but after 1995 called the VGi) came with a 1.5 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine and rode on 13-inch steel wheels, available only at Honda Verno Japanese dealerships. The Japanese VXi/VGi versions came with a Honda D15B-VTEC engine. This was an entry level SOHC VTEC engine that produced 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp).

The "Si" (called the "ESi" in Europe) model came standard with a 1.6 liter SOHC VTEC 16-valve four cylinder engine. The Si also came with 14-inch alloy wheels, which were offered in an optional body-color-matched paint scheme on Samba Green models, power side mirrors, cruise control, rear disc brakes, wider tires, and additional front & rear anti-sway bars.

A premium model, VTi, was also available in Europe which came equipped with the same 1.6 DOHC VTEC engine available in the North American del Sol VTEC.

The SiR models in Japan are powered by a 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) B16 SiR DOHC VTEC engine available with an optional limited-slip differential.

Depending on model and market, the options included a rear spoiler, custom floor mats, an automatic transmission, power steering, heated mirrors, front fog lights, traction control system (JDM only), limited-slip differential (JDM only), and air conditioning.

North American market[edit]

For the North American market, the car was marketed as a Civic Del Sol upon its release for the 1993 model year.

During its initial year, trim levels were limited to the S and Si models powered by SOHC Honda D-series engines. In 1994, the Civic del Sol VTEC model was added which included the 1.6L DOHC VTEC engine producing 160 hp (119 kW) as well as larger 14-inch tires. The S and Si models were available with either 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic while the del Sol VTEC model was only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Beginning in 1995, the car would be marketed as the Honda del Sol (Civic being removed from the name). In 1996, the del Sol would receive a minor interior and exterior styling refresh. 1997 would be the final year of production for the del Sol in North America.

Colors[edit]

The 1993-1994 U.S. Domestic Market Del Sol came in five colors, namely Captiva Blue Pearl (color code B62P), Frost White (code NH538), Granada Black Pearl (code NH503P), Milano Red (code R81), and Samba Green Pearl (code GY15P). For 1995, Honda replaced Captiva Blue Pearl and Samba Green Pearl with Isle Green Pearl (code G71P) and Paradise Blue-Green Pearl (code BG33P), and made Frost White available on the Si. For 1996-1997, Honda removed the Paradise Blue-Green Pearl color, replaced Isle Green Pearl with Cypress Green Pearl (code G82P), and added Vogue Silver Metallic (NH583M).[4]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Color name S Si S Si VTEC S Si VTEC S Si VTEC S Si VTEC
Captiva blue pearl (B62P) X X X X N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Samba green pearl (GY15P) N/A X N/A X N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Granada black pearl (NH503P) X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Frost white (NH538) X N/A X N/A N/A X X N/A X X N/A X X N/A
Milano red (R81) X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Isle green pearl (G71P) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A X N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Paradise blue-green pearl (BG33P) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A X X N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cypress green pearl (G82P) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A X X N/A X X
Vogue silver metallic (NH583M) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A X X N/A X N/A N/A

TransTop[edit]

Honda CR-X del Sol targa roof

Most del Sols came equipped with a 24 lb (11 kg) aluminum roof that could be manually removed and stowed onto a hinged frame in the trunk where it only took up 2.2 cubic feet (62 l) of trunk space.[5] An option available in Japan and Europe was the TransTop, an electric mechanism which retracted the targa top into the trunk via a push of a button. The roof is operated by flicking two catches above the windows, then holding down a button. The trunk lid raises vertically and two arms extend into the targa top. After locking the lid to the arms, the arms pull the targa into the trunk lid, which lowers back down with the roof inside. The open process is reversed for the closure and return of the targa top.[6][7]

Model updates[edit]

Autumn 1992 ('93 model year):

  • CR-X del Sol launched in Japan with two trim levels - VXi and SiR (Japan Domestic Market)
  • Civic del Sol launched in USA with two trim levels - S and Si (U.S.)
  • CR-X del Sol launched in Europe with two trim levels- ESi and VTi (Europe Domestic Market)

U.S. Domestic Market changes for 1994:

  • Added VTEC trim level, with B16A3 engine (DOHC VTEC) 160 hp (119 kW) 118 lb⋅ft (160 N⋅m) (U.S.), 9000 rpm tachometer, and improved suspension (U.S.)
  • S trim level receives front sway bar
  • Dual SRS airbags standard (U.S.)

Changes for 1995:

  • Civic tag dropped from US del Sol name. Model now called del Sol (U.S.)
  • VXi was only available in Japan as a 1.5 SOHC VTEC. VGi, which was the Japanese version of the European ESi 1.6 SOHC VTEC, replaced the VXi. (Japan Domestic Market)
  • Redesigned targa top seals to help prevent leakage (U.S.)
  • Added anti-lock brakes (VTEC model), 2,522 lb (1,144 kg) base weight now (U.S.)
  • Heater vents in center console can now be open or closed
  • Added remote trunk release (U.S.)
  • Low fuel light (U.S.)
  • New alloy wheel design (U.S.) [8]
  • S receives redesigned wheel covers (U.S.)
  • Si and VTEC receive redesigned alloy wheels

Changes for 1996 (mid-model refresh):

  • Elimination of front auxiliary headlamps (U.S.)
  • Small airdam / rear deck aesthetic treatment (U.S.)
  • New front bumper and air dam (U.S.)
  • Length increase to 157.7 in (4,006 mm)(U.S.)
  • The base del Sol S receives the 106 hp 1.6-liter engine, a four-hp increase over previous years' 1.5-liter. (U.S.)
  • The del Sol Si receives the 1996 127 hp D16Y8 Civic engine, as well as the suspension, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and steering of the 160 hp (119 kW) VTEC. (U.S.)
  • The del Sol VTEC receives the 160 hp B16A2 engine (U.S.)
  • OBD-II Emission control system implemented.
  • New seat materials (U.S.)
  • New carpeting material (U.S.)

Change for 1997:

  • Production ends (United States, Canada)

End of Production in 1998:

  • Production ends (Japan, Europe)

Sales[edit]

Number of del Sols sold in the United States by calendar year:[9]

1993 25,748
1994 21,075
1995 14,021
1996 8,489
1997 5,603

Due to a production delay, some of the 1996 U.S. Domestic Market sales were leftover 1995 model year cars.

VIN Decoder[edit]

VIN Decoder for U.S. Domestic Market del Sol:

Example     Description
 Vin #
-------    --------------------------------
   J   ]─ Country of Manufacture: J= Japan
   H   ]─ Make: H= Honda Motor Company
   M   ]─ Passenger car
   E   ┐ 	   EG1 = D15B7 (93-95 S)
   G   ├─ Engine:  EG2 = B16A3 (94-95 VTEC), B16A2 (96-97 VTEC)
   1   ┘	   EH6 = D16Z6 (93-95 Si), D16Y7 (96-97 S), D16Y8 (96-97 Si) 
   1   ]─ Body/Transmission: 1= 2-Door manual 5-speed   2= 2-Door automatic
   4   ]─ Vehicle Series: 4= S, 6= Si, 7 or 9= VTEC
   3   ]─ Check Digit
   S   ]─ Model Year: P= 1993, R= 1994, S= 1995, T= 1996, V= 1997
   S   ]─ Assembly Plant: S= Suzuka
   0   ┐
   0   │
   1   ├── Serial Number, sequentially numbered via production output
   2   │
   3   |
   4   ┘

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.honda.com.au, as archived at web.archive.org
  2. ^ "United States Patent, Kigoshi et al" (PDF). Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  3. ^ Honda. "Worst Sports Cars: Honda Del Sol". Motor1.com. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  4. ^ "Honda Delsol Touchup Paint Codes, Image Galleries, Brochure and TV Commercial Archives".
  5. ^ Consumer Guide (1993). Consumer Guide 1993 Cars. Publication International, LTD. pp. 116–117. ISBN 0-451-17506-9.
  6. ^ Honda CR-X del Sol TransTop demonstration on YouTube
  7. ^ "The Honda del Sol TransTop Has the Most Baffling Convertible Top Ever Made". 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ Mateja, Jim. "CIVIC DEL SOL IS NOT ALL SUNSHINE". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  9. ^ "FAQ - Del Sol General Info and Questions - Car Forums and Automotive Chat". www.automotiveforums.com. Retrieved 24 June 2019.