Being named Road & Track’s ‘Ten Best Cars of All Time’ isn’t something to sneer or jeer at, even though in the years since then I can think of a few cars that would be better. But that’s neither here nor there. What matters is the 1988 Honda CR-X Si, which at the time was a truly wonderful car, and for a bunch of reasons. First off, it looked really good, and was just plain enough to encourage plenty of modding and an insane aftermarket well… market, and was also just good-looking enough not to require anything more. If that makes sense. Anyways, it was also a great sports car, albeit a very compact one. Its fully independent suspension gave it superb handling, its direction was direct and flawless, and it was super fun to drive. Oh yeah, it also had incredible fuel economy. Just sayin’.
The Honda CR-X Si was fitted in the United States with an available 1.6-liter, 105 horsepower straight-four engine, which gained 3 horsepower in the years following. The ‘Si’ engines all had 16 valves, double-overhead camshafts and multi-point fuel injection (MPFI). It could reach a top speed of 135 miles per hour, and accelerate to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. Paired with a five-speed manual transmission, it was a joy to drive.
The second generation of the Honda CR-X Si remained in production until 1991, when it was replaced with a Civic based ‘third generation’, including the Honda Del Sol. It remains one of the most modified and desirable small sports car ever made.