The Honda Torneo is a mid-size 4-door sedan manufactured and marketed by Honda, a Japanese car manufacturer, from 1997 to 2001. Honda produced the Torneo model for the Japanese market only and derived it from the sixth generation Accord model. The Torneo decided to continue Honda's innovative idea of providing a unique modified version of the Accord in each of the three dealership Honda retail channels with the better-looking Torneo, which featured a distinct front grille, headlights, and taillights, as well as entirely separate trim bundles and color options, which began in 1982 with the emergence of the Honda Vigor.
History of the Honda Torneo
Honda introduced the Torneo model for the Japanese domestic market in 1997 with HID headlights, which were uncommon at the time. The Accord and Torneo are identical vehicles except for minor external visual modifications. Internavi, Honda's internet-based navigation system, was offered on all trim levels.
Honda Torneo SiR-T (CF4, 1997–2000)
The carmaker installed a 2.0-liter F20B engine that delivers 197 hp and 145 lb-ft.
The F20B's valve cover had a distinctive shade of blue, and the engine was oriented toward the driver, as was the case with all of Honda's bigger capacity engines. The shorter stroke of the F20B engine allowed it to rev at a greater rpm than the H22A, which had a longer stroke. Compared to the H22A's 87 mm x 90.7 mm bore and stroke, the F20B's were 85 mm × 88 mm. Additionally, the F20B was rated as a low-emissions vehicle.
Honda Torneo SiR (CF4, 1997–2001)
The engine for the SiR model delivers 178 hp and 142 lb-ft with the S-Matic automatic transmission and sequential manual shift mode.
Honda Torneo SiR Euro (CF4, 2002)
In 2002, the final year of production for the Torneo SiR Euro was made available. However, it had the same exterior style and foundations as the previous SiR and was only available with an automatic transmission. The "carbon" interior trim and the front and back bumpers, side skirts, and arch additions from the Euro R were all available for the SiR Euro. In addition to the 4-stud wheel hub, the SiR Euro has only one 15-inch wheel to choose from.
Discontinuation of the Honda Torneo
Due to the Japanese asset price bubble, or "bubble economy," Honda discontinued the Torneo model in 2001. Honda skillfully incorporated Torneo's sporty spirit into the next-generation Accord.
Honda retailed the Torneo model in the Japanese domestic market with an original MSRP of $12,199 ($20,481 in 2022) for the base variant and more or less $20,054 ($33,668 in 2022) for the top variant).
The seats of the Honda Torneo are composed of strong leather, and the steering wheel is made of leather as well. The dashboard is white to match the rest of the interior. The seats are very comfortable, but they also allow plenty of space to spread out. From the outside, it looks like a high-end automobile. The car's headlights and fog lights add a touch of class and richness. Torneo's appearance is both shabby and opulent at the same time.
Other features of the model are as follows:
- Infotainment System With a USB Jack
- Onboard Computer
- A Headlight Corrector
- Stylish Foglights
- Heating Seat System
- Alloy Wheels
- Adjustable Power Steering Wheel
- Central Locking System
- Tinted Glass
- Air Conditioning
Specs and Performance of the Honda Torneo
Honda used a 2.2L H22A DOHC VTEC I4 engine that delivers 217 hp (162 kW) at 7,200 rpm and 163 lb-ft (221 Nm) of torque at 6,700 rpm. This Honda Torneo accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 151 mph (243 kph). The car's curb weight is 2,932 lbs (1,330 kg). Honda manufactured the Torneo model with a 5-speed automatic manual transmission and a front-wheel-drive (FWD) drivetrain.
Honda released and sold the Honda Torneo from 1997 to 2001.