||2130 5spd 2146 auto ||
||72 @ 4500 5spd 68 @ 4500 auto
The first generation Honda Prelude was introduced as a 1979 model and was developed as a better-equipped, more stylish step up from the Accord.
The 4 cylinder, SOHC, 1751 cc CVCC engine offered 72 horsepower at 4,500 rpm. The car was available with either a two speed automatic or a five speed manual transmission. The five speed delivered 72 HP and the auto 68, both at 4500 RPMs. The automatic started with only two gears, but by October 1979, Honda added a 3 speed model with the final gear as an overdrive.
The car made use of an engine oil cooler and transistor-controlled ignition system. Four wheel independent struts, brakes and floorpans were all borrowed from the second generation Civic. The new larger 1.8 liter engine was the same as the first generation Accord sedan, giving the car adequate power compared to it's competitors.
Inside, the Prelude featured a wealth of standard equipment, including a power glass moonroof that became a Prelude trademark. Other features included an a combination tach and speedo, intermittent wipers, tinted glass, remote and trunk release. Leather seats were also an available option as was the AM/FM Cassette stereo.
The external styling introduced many details that were seen on future Civic and Accord models. For 1981 and 1982 Honda developed a few extra horsepower from the EK engine by raising the compression ratio from 8.0:1 to 8.8:1. Total first-generation production for the U.S. market was 171,829 vehicles.