Saturday, May 19, 2012

Honda Prelude Four Wheel Steering - The Curse

I really love the style and quality of engineering represented in early '90s Hondas.  A nice third generation Prelude 4WS would make a stellar daily driver.  It'd be inexpensive, reliable, economical, stylish, uncommon and most of all - a lot of fun.  


The only problem I can foresee with said hypothetical scenario is falling too hard for all its techy, origami charms.  I'd inevitably end up lavishing too much money, time and attention on it, then I'd start to feel bad about putting so many miles on it.  Ultimately, It'd be relegated to "fun car" status, only being used early Saturday mornings when I'd take her out for a breakfast of high octane and weekly exercise through some mountain twisties.  Magically, a perfectly practical car becomes wildly impractical. 

Next, I'd start browsing for a replacement with all intentions of buying something cheap, completely unloveable and boring - strictly "point A to point B" stuff.  Then the compromises would start: "well, at least get something with a stickshift" which would lead to "might as well be something with a nice exhaust note" to "I'd really prefer a twin cam" and then "anything with less than 200 HP really isn't safe when merging" and so on until I end up with yet another cool car - repeat process.  I simply cannot bring myself to drive a sensible car.  This hobby... it's a pleasurable curse, a warm hug from an evil wallet-draining witch.

Here's an interesting article that explains how the Prelude's 4WS works.


  1. Many don't know the European version of the BMW 850CSi has a 4 wheel steering system.

    1. So I've read. All 4WS systems are cool, but what's unique about the Prelude's is that it's the only mechanical system ever brought to market, others are either passive (built into the geometry) or electric.