2001 Honda Prelude Remains a Favorite Among Driving Enthusiasts

12/28/2000 6:13:00 AM

With its sleek styling, advanced engine technology and excellent handling, the 2001 Prelude is an ideal sports coupe for drivers who want to experience the exciting characteristics of Honda's prestigious motorsports tradition.

A favorite of automotive enthusiasts, the Honda Prelude has the highest brand loyalty of any Honda product. About 75 percent of all Prelude buyers have previously owned a Honda or Acura product.

The Prelude's 2.2-liter, VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) engine generates 156 foot-pounds of torque. As a result, the DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam) 4-cylinder offers 200-horsepower with a standard manual transmission and 195-horsepower with a 4-speed automatic.

An optional feature on the Prelude with automatic transmission is Sequential SportShift, combining the hands-on excitement and performance of a manual transmission with the effortlessness and driving convenience of an automatic.

New for 2001, child safety seat tether anchors have been added to the rear seats of the Prelude. In addition, an emergency trunk opener and floor mats are standard on all 2001 Preludes.

Highlighting Honda's Active Torque Transfer System (ATTS), the Prelude Type SH decreases vehicle understeer while cornering by regulating power to the front wheels during turns to supply virtually neutral handling characteristics. Using a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission, the SH driver is given complete influence over the high-output 2.2-liter engine.

The Prelude is designed with energy-absorbing front and rear crush zones. The Prelude also features dual airbags, impact-absorbing front and rear bumpers, energy-absorbing steering column and instrument panel, and three-point seatbelts.

Standard equipment on all Prelude models include 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS); power windows, mirrors and door locks; remote keyless entry system; alloy wheels; cruise control; air conditioning with micron filter; power moonroof with tilt feature; adjustable steering column; a height adjustable driver's seat; 12-volt power outlet; and front and rear cup holders.

Providing exceptional sound quality, the 2001 Prelude's 6-speaker, AM/FM/CD stereo system is outfitted with a 120-watt Acoustic Feedback (AFB) System. AFB provides its outstanding sound quality by using small built-in microphones in the rear speakers to sample ambient cabin sound, measure it against the original electronic signal and adjust for any distortion.

Both "Electron Blue" and "Satin Silver" have been added to the Prelude's exterior color pallet. The 2001 Honda Prelude will reach showrooms in mid-September 2000.