1997 Honda Torneo SiR-T
As far as sport compact sedans are concerned, Honda's elusive Torneo never seemed to get the shine it deserved. A proverbial dark horse compared to the more popular Integra Type R and Civic Ferio, models like this Torneo SiR-T were equally as potent and modification friendly, with the added benefit of enhanced interior comfort and space. Our 1997 model sports just 91k verified/documented miles on the clock and is finished in Electron Blue Pearl (B-95P). Accented by OEM fog lights, rainguards, a tasteful low rise rear wing, and refinished OEM alloys, this sleek sedan almost assumes sleeper status. Additionally, Honda enthusiasts should appreciate how these models never fell victim to gaudy aftermarket modification. Lightweight, punchy, and surprisingly comfortable, these Torneos are nothing short of true Japanese Classics.
Much like the brand's other offerings of the time, the interior was packed with comfortable materials, intuitive design, and enough power amenities to make daily driving a breeze. The patterned cloth upholstery is unique to SiR-T models, and fortunately the seats have resisted any serious wear and tear over the years. The dash is trimmed in a complementary black vinyl and is equally as imperfection-free. Safety conscious occupants will appreciate the inclusion of standard dual SRS airbags, and the driver additionally benefits from a tilt adjustable steering column to further dial in a more comfortable driving position. The center stack is niftily laid out, with functional OEM audio and digital automatic climate control within arms reach. For those needing to cool down during these record high temps, cold A/C is on the ready and works like a charm. Power windows, power folding mirrors, and power door locks work in tandem to deliver a more accessible driving experience, and the factory keyless entry system still functions flawlessly. By far the Torneo's biggest benefit is it's large rear bench, with ample head and leg room for three additional passengers if needed. Overall, the condition on this particular example is above-average, and we've even retained the factory carpeted floor mats to protect your upholstery underneath from unwanted spills and stains. Save for a dim climate control display, and some wear on the leather wrapped steering wheel, the next owner should have little to complain about with this Torneo.
American Hondas of the time were never spoiled quite like the brand's Japanese lineup, and the power-packed F20B DOHC under the hood further exemplifies that statement. With a screaming 7400 RPM redline and 198 ponies under the hood this compact commuter really packs a punch! The motor fires up with a twist of the key, care of a new 12v battery, and idles confidently. Our technicians have performed some key maintenance on this one to get it tuned up for the road ahead and with a fresh oil and filter service performed and a new oil pan gasket installed, you'll be protected against any unwanted leaks of lubricant. New spark plugs and wires installed across the board keep the ignition system in check, and this one zips up to highway speeds without issue. For those who prefer a more involved driving experience, the original 5 speed manual transmission is a fun unit to toss around. The transmission shifts smoothly, free of grinds, pop outs, or other common ailments. The suspension is compliant and surprisingly soft for such a sporty sedan, and the brakes do a fine job at bringing this one to a screeching halt if needed. We've even mounted and balanced four new Falken tires to keep road noise down and deliver plenty of grip for the road ahead!
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