There are some Hondas that are simply too precious to be modded by ham-fisted ricers. Here are 3 such cars
You'll remember this week we posted an article called 6 Reasons Why Everyone Hates On Hondas. This has proven to be one of CT's most controversial pieces and we've loved reading all the comments; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
While the debate still rages on, I think we're all agreed that it's the countless ricer owners who give Hondas a bad name, not vice versa. The terms 'fart cans', 'stupid wings', 'hella flush' and 'dickhead schoolboy racers' have been used more times than we can count, not to mention the now venerable phrase VTEC kicked in yo!
With this in mind, we thought it only fair to explore the 3 cars from Honda's repertoire that we'd love to own. If you're a Honda ricer however, get back to your fart cans and don't even think about buying these icons. We will find you and we will hurt you.
1. Honda NSX
The Honda NSX is a hero car. Fact. It's mid-engined, rear-drive and powered by an almighty 3.0-litre V6 engine with, you guessed it, VTEC, yo!
Designed by Honda as a more powerful, cheaper-to-buy and more reliable alternative to a Ferrari, the NSX was also the first production car to feature a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body. Performance was epic: thanks to the V6's 280bhp, the NSX was good for a 0-60mph sprint time of around 5.2sec, before hitting its 170mph top speed.
The NSX was popular with the Japanese police force
Naturally then, the super Honda quickly found favour with a new breed of buyer looking for something a little more exotic. And the same applies to today's discerning buyer. Mention the name NSX and we all go weak at the knees; this probably explains why you'll need upwards of £30k to buy a 1995 model today.
Yes Gil, we all remember the NSX...
2. Honda Integra Type R
Ahhh, the Teg Type-R. A true Honda hero and a car that instantly transformed an otherwise boring car maker into everyone's new favourite brand. The Intergra Type-R was - still is - one of the best sports cars you can buy. Its 187bhp VTEC-powered 1.8-litre would scream its way to 8400rpm and the engine was perfectly matched to a balanced chassis that would take more hell from its driver than Kimi's F1 car.
Integra Type R track hoon video
The Teg isn't an overly pretty thing to look at (nor is it particularly comfortable to drive), but ugly it is not. Best left unriced, early 1996 Tegs fetch upwards of £3000.
3. Honda S2000
Made as a 50th birthday present to itself, Honda struck hero gold with the S2k. And not only because the S2000 boasted the highest horsepower per litre record for a production car, at 118.5bhp (237bhp in total). Its record would only be taken away from the S2000 some years later by the Ferrari 458, which produced 123.78bhp per litre from its highly strung 557bhp 4.5-litre V8.
The S2k roadster was a thing of beauty and quickly cemented its position as the driving purist's choice of car. Performance was impressive (150mph top speed and 0-62mph time of just 6.2sec) but it was the 2.0-litre VTEC's colossal 9000rpm redline figure that astonished the motoring world.
Video - 9000rpm... and this is legal!
Despite its appearance in The Fast And The Furious and despite the fact that you can now pick up this Honda hero for £4000, the S2000 hasn't - as far as we know - been hit by the wrath of the ricer. Long may this continue!
Hey guys, i posted earlier this year about my ambitions with my (According to the community) lame car, the silly thing from F&F, the 2003 Eclipse GT, child from the awesome dad DSM 2G Eclipse. Well, i love my car and i wanted to do something with it to make it more enjoyable for myself an learn some skills for the future. My car is super dumb though, no room in the bay for a turbo… sideways engine ( thanks fwd ) and well, an under-powered 3.0l v6 that only makes 200hp. What do you do? You boos it. But how? Well, you RTS. Or at least that’s what my friends and i came up with. Essentially what we are doing is removing my old fuel cell, clearing up some space for the 3’’ pipe that would house the turbo in the space cleared out from the tank ( see picture ) with a side exit for the waste-gate and the exhaust itself. The intake would be a hose running up into the cabin and through the corner window via a pretty neat scoop with the boost line running through the cabin, through the firewall and right into the engine! I just wanted you guys to give me some opinion on this, not a whole lot of people to talk to about my build irl so ill turn to my internet fam! As you can see i already got the new fuel tank and fuel lines set up to be put in with a 255 inline to replace the OEM in-tank pump! Will pull the engine tomorrow to start replacing and rebuilding it so it can take the boost! Please ask me anything i would really appreciate a discussion!