Initially available with a four-cylinder engine in naturally aspirated or turbocharged form, the Coupé gained a five-cylinder turbo in 1996. As a 1997 model, this car has that 20v powerplant, but is a year off from the six-speed manual introduced in 1998. A five-speed is good enough to move this Coupé to 60 in just under six seconds, eclipsing the quarter mile in about 14.7. That is, if the Viscodrive limited-slip differential can harness all 217 horses and 230 lb-ft of torque. Stateside, front-drive contemporaries such as the Volkswagen Corrado VR6 and Acura Integra Type-R only managed 190 and 195 horsepower, respectively, even if they both undercut the Coupé's 2,888-lb curb weight.
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