Honda CR-X del Sol

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Honda Civic Del Sol
Also calledHonda Civic del Sol, Honda CRX
PredecessorHonda CR-X
SuccessorHonda Insight
ClassSport compact
Body style(s)2-door roadster
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)D15B7 1.5L 102 hp I4

D16Z6 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I4 B16A3 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I D16Y7 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I4 D16Y8 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I4 B16A3 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I4 1994-1996 OBD1 B16A2 1.6L Template:Convert/hp I4 1996-1997

Transmission(s)4-Speed Automatic Overdrive
5-Speed Manual Overdrive
Wheelbase2370 mm (93.3 in)
Length4005 mm (157.6 in)
Width1695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1255 mm (49.4 in)
Fuel capacity45 L (Template:Convert/usgal impgal)
RelatedHonda Civic
Honda CR-V
ManualsService Manual

The Honda Civic del Sol was a 2-seater front-engined, front wheel drive, targa top convertible manufactured by Honda in the 1990s. Based on the Civic platform, the Del Sol was the successor to the popular Honda CR-X. It debuted in 1992 in Japan and the United Kingdom, and 1993 in the United States.

The Spanish name del sol translates as of the sun, and refers to the car's opening roof. It was not a full convertible, featuring a removable hardtop that stowed in the trunk and a retractable rear window for that "convertible" feel. Trunk space was reduced from 10.5cf to 8.3cf while the targa was stowed.

In many markets the CR-X naming convention was dropped from the del Sol line as it was distinctly different from earlier models, which were hatchbacks and not targas. Starting with the 1995 models, Honda dropped the 'Civic' name from the del Sol in the Americas.

Production and sales ended with the 1997 model in the U.S. and 1998 elsewhere, with a total of slightly fewer than 75,000 models sold in America.


The del Sol was first introduced to North America in 1993 in two trim levels, The S and the SI. The base "S" model (called the VXi in Japan) came with a 1.5 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine and rode on 13" steel wheels. The Japanese VXi version, came with a Honda D15B engine. This was an entry level VTEC engine that produces Template:Convert/bhp, matching the power of the 1.6 Si version. Despite the body resemblance to a mid-engined car design, the del Sol shared a front-engined design with the contemporary Honda Civic.

The uplevel "Si" (called the "ESi" in Europe) model came standard with a 1.6 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder engine with Honda's VTEC. The Si also came with 14" alloy wheels which were offered in an optional body color-matched paint scheme on Samba Green models, power side mirrors, cruise control, rear disc brakes and a front anti-sway bar for improved handling.

The VTEC trim level (called the "SiR" in Japan and the "VTi" in Europe) was added in 1994 in the United States, with the first appearance of a 160 hp (119 kW) Honda DOHC VTEC B-series engine in a U.S.-spec Honda; similar to the B16A found in the Civic Si-R. This trim level came with bigger front brakes, larger front anti-sway bar, additional rear anti-sway bar and wider tires.

On all models, the only options were a rear spoiler, custom floor mats, an automatic transmission (not available on VTEC model), and air conditioning.


An option available in Japan and Europe was the TransTop, an electric mechanism which retracted the targa top into the trunk via a push of a button. The roof is operated by flicking two catches above the windows, then holding down a button. The trunk lid raises vertically and two arms extend into the targa top. After the latches have been flicked back up, the arms pull the targa into the trunk lid, which lowers back down with the targa inside.

Model updates:

Changes For 1994:

  • Added VTEC engine option with improved suspension
  • Dual airbags standard

Changes For 1995:

  • Redesigned targa top seals
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (VTEC model) 2,522 base weight now
  • Power Locks
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • New seat materials
  • Low Fuel light
  • New alloy wheel design

Changes For 1996:

  • Elimination of front auxiliary headlamps
  • Small airdam / rear deck aesthetic treatment
  • New front bumper and air dam.
  • Length increase to 157.7"
  • The base del Sol S gets the 106-hp 1.6-liter engine for a four-horse boost over previous year's 1.5-liter.
  • The del Sol Si gets the 1996 127 hp Civic Engine and also the suspension and steering of the Template:Convert/hp VTEC.
  • All del Sols now have 1.6 liter engines: 106, 127 and Template:Convert/hp.


Number of Del Sols sold in USA:

1993 25,748
1994 21,075
1995 14,021
1996 8,489
1997 5,603

VIN Decoder

VIN Decoder for US Domestic Market Del Sol:

Example     Description
 Vin #
-------    --------------------------------
   J   ╗
   H   ] - JHM = Honda Motor Co. passenger car
   M   ╝
   E   ╗ 		kkEG1 = D15B7 (93-95 S)
   G   ] - Engine:	EG2 = B16A2 (96-97 VTEC), B16A3 (94-95 VTEC)
   2   ╝		EH6 = D16Y7 (96-97 S), D16Y8 (96-97 Si), D16Z6 (93-95 Si)
   1   ] - Body/Transmission: 1 = 2-door manual 5-speed    2 = 2-door automatic
   6   ] - Vehicle Series: 4 = S    6 = Si    7 or 9 = Si with ABS, or VTEC
   ?   ] - math check digit
   R   ] - Model Year: P = 1993, R = 1994, S = 1995, T = 1996, V = 1997
   S   ] - Assembly Plant: C = Sayama, S = Suzuka, T = Tochigi
   0   ╗
   0   ║
   5   ] - Serial number, based on the sequence off the
   7   ║      production line
   9   ║
   3   ╝


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