Initially the owner wanted a Honda Prelude in the garage as a form of nostalgia for his college days in Australia. However, it seems that having a two-door sports sedan whose population is not much in Indonesia is not enough for him. As a result, the car got a touch of a fairly large modification. There is only one goal, namely to increase performance.
To make this happen, changes to the engine part are needed. Unmitigated, the original runway kitchen was finally replaced by a new unit. Likewise with the automatic transmission which has now changed to manual.
“Even though the term is a nostalgic car, the orientation wants a fast Honda. The owner really likes Honda and likes it fast. So the choice is to convert to manual and swap engines to a more powerful engine, ”explained Bramantia Tamtama, a CVAN Auto Parts modifier who was trusted by the owner to dress the 2000 Honda Prelude (fifth generation).
In fact, the Australian version of the Honda Prelude BB6 VTi-S type uses an H22 engine which has a capacity of 2,200 cc with an automatic transmission. However, due to performance reasons, the engine was removed and then replaced by the H23 unit from the Honda Accord Euro R. It didn’t stop there, but the transmission was also changed to a 5-speed manual.
For the selected replacement engine, the capacity is only slightly larger. Not even 100 cc. However, due to the performance-oriented model, the innards are definitely different and they have more power.
“The horsepower is very different. The H23 engine has different camshaft, compression, valve diameter. For the original engine, only 197 hp on the engine. With this spec , the cylinder head has also been upgraded, the estimate is 350 hp at the wheel, “he explained.
Troubled? That is for sure. Even the processing process takes a long time. But the result is that the car really jumps when invited to accelerate, especially when the VTEC is in action.
The journey of this car modification process has been going on for two years. There are several names of workshops involved in it. According to the modifier who is familiarly called the Obod, the H23 engine and transmission that are currently attached were imported by CVAN Auto Parts from Malaysia. As soon as the package reaches Jakarta, the car immediately enters the workshop and operations begin.
The work of the machine is entrusted to the Supernova and JT Sports workshops, which also take care of the procurement of the components in it. As well as the back, piston, piston handlebar, valve, until the valve springs. Meanwhile, the exhaust system is handled by ORD Exhaust. Starting from the header, pipe, resonator, to the tubes.
With more ferocious engine specifications, of course, improvements are also needed in other sectors of the vehicle. For example, for computers that are now using a standalone ECU (Engine Control Unit) of the Hondata brand.
Another upgrade can also be found on the legs which need to be made more stable. For this matter, coilover from K-Tuned is believed to be an option equipped with Energy Suspension bushings .
No less important is the use of braking components that can more reliably stop the car. The choice fell on AP Racing 6 320mm pot to guard the two front wheels.
Still around the undercarriage , the Desmond Regamaster rim was attached. Before it was finally replaced using an 18-inch Spoon Sports output wrapped in Yokohama Advan Neova tires.
Exterior and Interior Modifications
The owner, who is busy managing his restaurant business, got this car in 2018. The car, which is already a dozen years old, apparently makes some body parts need to be rejuvenated.
The problem with this car is that the glass rubber is no longer excellent. Luckily the replacement components were successfully imported from Japan through CVAN Auto Parts.
“Because to install it, you need to remove the glass, so the car must be repainted ,” said Bramantia. The painting was done by a Platinum paint shop located in Cipinang Muara, East Jakarta with a choice of Satin Silver color.
“The old paint was touched up several times at Anugerah Body Repair Jatiwaringin. But coincidentally, because the moment was right, I took off the glass again so just change the color, “he continued.
In an effort to tidy up the exterior, it turns out that there are several other body parts that also need to be replaced. Call it the front grille , rear spoiler , turn signal lights and fog lamps. Here challenges arise. It seems that finding Honda Prelude body parts is more difficult than the engine’s innards components.
“Maybe there will still be new components if you order it to Japan. But I think it will take a long time. Finally looking for a copotan in Malaysia, “he said.
After finishing the exterior, the next work goes into the interior. Since the beginning this car was modified using a manual transmission, there were indeed things that got stuck when sitting in front of the steering wheel. Because the meter panel used still belongs to the automatic version. There the DNRP indicator is listed.
Not wanting to be like that, it was decided to replace the meter panel which also belongs to the manual model. Another modification in the cabin is the replacement of a pair of front seats using a Recaro owned by a Honda Civic Type R FD2.
“For further modifications, I want the interior to be made the same color. That’s right seat black front, but the back of the red, “said Bramantia.
Price of the Honda Prelude
The name Honda Prelude may still sound foreign to the ears of the majority of Indonesians. This is understandable because this car was never officially marketed here. But it’s good because Prelude is one of the endangered species on the highway.
“The population of Prelude is not much in Indonesia, maybe not up to 15 units. Most often seen only 10, “explained Bramantia.
He continued, if his memory is not mistaken, the owner will get this car for a price close to 300 million rupiah.
From its segmentation, the Honda Prelude can be aligned with the Nissan Silvia. However, with its rear wheel drive system, Silvia is more widely available in the drift community .
If you look at its history, the Honda Prelude, the first generation of the Honda Prelude, was released in 1978 in Japan. In this early version, Honda made the Prelude chassis from scratch. But for the engine and some of the components in the legs take the first generation Honda Accord.
At that time, it seemed that Honda did not want to be left behind by Toyota, which had successfully introduced the Celica eight years earlier. The pattern that can be seen is the use of a two-door sedan frame with compact dimensions , but using a powerful engine.
Especially for the Prelude, Honda is not only focused on finding ways to make it powerful. But also trying to make it look luxurious. Finally, one of the steps taken is to put moonroof as a factory default feature. This later became the hallmark of Prelude in the future.
Honda has launched the Prelude for up to five generations. In 2001 the Japanese manufacturer decided to end its production period.