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Old 07-14-2004, 02:20   #1 (permalink)
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XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

Hi there

Just looking for some opinions. My mate is currently doing up a 1989 Honda Prelude. he's putting a year 2000 Vtec engine in it. Apparently these are good. He also plans on supercharging it.

I am currently rebuilding an XC coupe. When i'm finished with the engine i hope to have around 500-550 horses and HOPEFULLY around 800-900 Nm torque. (Yes, I have money to burn.) Its a 351.

My question is: which one do you all out there think would be faster off a straight line, as in accelleration and even top speed?

I'm pretty sure mine would be but he thinks otherwise.

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Old 07-14-2004, 02:51   #2 (permalink)
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

if you have a GENUINE 500 horses he isn't going to be able to see which way you go. A genuine 500 horses isn't that common though
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

Are your eyes even open???
My folks own a honda Prelude, and whilst yes they really go hammer & tongs after you hit around 5000 rpms, the genuine 500 hp would have it in the bag...
What is your mate smoking....
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

The coupe easy. Best the Honda would do is about 15.2 sec 1/4. A bloke I know owns a 2000 or 2001 type R and 15.2's about it for him. Although I know of a 314kw @ the wheels CRX that'd eat the 500hp coupe for breakfast.

I am curious to see the longevity of the Honda engine with the high hp though

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Old 07-14-2004, 11:20   #5 (permalink)
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

This appears to be one hell of project XC Coupe 78. Do you have photos or have I missed them when posted before?
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Old 07-14-2004, 15:55   #6 (permalink)
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

Fecking hell, are you insane? The coupe would TROMP a Prelude, whatever the model, with that sort of guts. Power to weight ratios, mate - unless the Prelude is lightened to about 800kg, not a chance.
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Old 07-15-2004, 01:38   #7 (permalink)
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

Thanks everyone

Yeah i brought the car at the start of this year. I spend 90% of my money on it. Right now the rust is my priority but when thats being done the engine is coming out. I've got a budget of about $10-11,000 for the engine and one of my friends is a motor rebuilder's apprentice or something along those lines, so I'm taking the engine to him for rebuilding and working as he can get me a cheaper price. The guy i brought the coupe off said that he had already spent about $5000 on the engine and although its got a few decent bits and pieces on it i'm still a bit skeptical so i'm still overhauling the engine.

The rust is being done in late august early september, so the engine is going to have to wait until about april next year. Right now the car still looks quite crap so i havent bothered with photos yet but when it starts to look better i'll put a few pics up.

Thanks for all your opinions. i'm giving my mate the url for this post hehe.
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By the time you get 550hp and then a complete set up to get it running that will handle that power, you'd better have more than $10,000 to burn. Just a quick list of mine, and its nother overly special.
1/ alloy heads $4000
2/ manifold $400
3/ 750 demon $940
4/ fuel system $500
5/ exhaust system and 4 into 1's $900
6/ decent stally for auto $800
7/ my c4 nearly finished $2000
8/ complet 9 inch spooled up $1000
9/ bottom end to handle 450 hp $3000(probably conservative)
10/ rollers/pushrods/guide plates ect $1000
And much much much much much more not listed, and i did all of my own work......
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Old 07-15-2004, 02:41   #9 (permalink)
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If you do get the fiqure's your after and with a good rear end setup(gear's) you will stomp it in.
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Re: XC coupe 351 Vs. '89 Honda Prelude

Mmnn,500hp sounds a bit high, one of my mates has a hq gts with 46ohp at the treads,with a 427, and it's swallowed up a bit more than 10g.
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