This is What a $50,000 Honda del Sol Looks Like

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Smoking Tire‘s Matt Farah drives hopped-up Honda t-top.

When it comes to open-top Hondas, the S2000 gets a lot of love – and rightfully so. However, the person that owns the car in the above video has a lot of love for the del Sol and put their money where their mouth heart is. This episode of The Smoking Tire showcases a del Sol with all of the JDM goodies you could ever need.

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They had Project Import give it a complete makeover inside and out. PI yanked out the 1.6-liter I4 and swapped in a built B20 2.0-liter unit with 10:1 compression and full race (big) turbo kit. That combination spits out 260 horsepower at the wheels. A limited-slip differential helps put it to the pavement. There are no safety nets such as ABS or traction control to keep that power in check, but up front, 6-piston calipers make the racing-compound pads clamp down on the brake discs.

Oddly enough, the owner of this track toy had PI weld in the trick TransTop from a JDM del Sol. When it’s operating, it makes the del Sol look like a Transformer, but it also adds about 500 pounds of weight to the car, bringing total LBs up to an estimated 3,000.

After factoring in the price of the roughly 112 hours of labor it took to install the complex lid, you’re not just looking at a labor of love, you’re looking at a $50K+ del Sol.

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He’s also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.


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