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North American Market Models

The USDM models have tree body codes: BA8, BB1 and BB2. Visually there are no differences between them. The distinctive features of the USDM models are the rear corner lights replications at the sides of the rear bumper and the double section corner lights at the front bumper. The BA8 and BB2 models were released in 1992 and the legendary BB1 model joined the lineup in 1993.

BA8: This is the base Honda Prelude model for North American market. In United States it was titled "Prelude S" and in Canada simply "Prelude". It has 2.2l SOCH sequential multi-port fuel-injected engine (F22A1), which produce 135-hp at 5200 rpm and 142 lb.-ft. torque at 4000 rpm. This model has no Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and got the 14" wheels with full covers. The front chin spoiler was not offered too. The interior lacks driver's seat adjustable lumbar support and memory, power door locks, map lights and the ignition switch light. The rear spoiler and the air conditioning were optional. The stereo system was equipped with four 12.5-watt speakers.

BB2: This model was titled "Prelude Si" in United States and "Prelude SR" in Canada. Its 2.3l DOCH sequential multi-port fuel-injected engine (H23A1) produces 160-hp at 5800 rpm and 156 lb.-ft. torque at 4500 rpm. This model got Anti-Lock Brakes, air conditioning, front chin spoiler and the ignition switch light. The driver seat was enhanced with adjustable lumbar support and the memory. The rear spoiler was available as accessory. The 15" alloy wheels were included. Sound system got six 20-watt speakers.

BB1: This is the legendary model. Prelude got the VTEC engine for the first time in a history. The US title was "Prelude S VTEC" and Canadian "Prelude SR-V". The 2.2l DOCH VTEC sequential multi-port fuel-injected engine (H22A1) produces 190-hp at 6800 rpm and 158 lb.-ft. torque at 5500 rpm. The interior was available in leather with map lights and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The rear spoiler was in stock. The audio system featured tweeter speaker set and woofer. This version was available with manual transmission only.

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The European chassis body codes are BB1, BB2 and BB3. There are also no visual differences between them. The differences from the North American models are corner light replicates in front of the doors and the single section corner lights in the front bumper. Unlike the American models it has rear whipwash. Similar to USDM the BB3 and BB2 models were released in 1992 and the BB1 model joined the lineup in 1993.

BB3: The bas version oh European Honda Prelude was titled "Prelude 2.0i" and rode water-cooled 2.0l 4-stroke SOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine (F20A4). The maximum horsepower of 131-hp was reached at 5300 rpm. Maximum torque of 179 Nm raised at 5000 rpm. This model was equipped with 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, 14" wheels with full covers and 4-speaker stereo system. In United Kingdom ABS was in stock and in Germany it was optional. Air conditioning was optional too. The dual exhaust pipe with chrome finisher was available on German models.

BB2: The more advanced "Prelude 2.3i" version received 2.3l DOHC engine (H23A2) with 158-hp at 5800 rpm and 209 Nm at 4500 rpm. The Four-Wheel Steering System (4WS) was available as option and the Anti-Lock Brakes System was in the list of standard equipment. The 15" alloy wheels, driver air bag and dual exhaust pipe was available in both Germany and UK. Stereo system was powered with 6 speakers. Cruise control and air conditioning was optional.

BB1: The productive "Prelude 2.2i VTEC" was powered with water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 16 valve engine with VTEC (H22A2). At 5300 rpm it reached maximum torque of 212 Nm and at 6800 rpm the maximum power of 183 hp was reached. The Four-Wheel Steering was also optional. The rear spoiler, passenger seat memory and the passenger airbag were in the standard equipment list. No automatic transmission was available for VTEC model. Unlike the USDM models no woofer was available for European models.

Japanese Market

The chassis codes of the Japanese models are BA8, BA9, BB1 and BB4. Visually they are absolutely identical to the European models. All versions have electronic speed limiter at 180 km/h. The distinctive features of the Japanese models are optional climate control and in-dash TV.

BA8, BA9: The base models of the Japanese market were titled "Prelude Si". The only difference between BA8 and BA9 models is that BA9 came with 4WS system. These versions were equipped with 2.2l DOCH sequential multi-port fuel-injected engine (F22B), which produce 160-hp at 6000 rpm and 20.5 kg*m torque at 5000 rpm. Both models were available with automatic or manual transmission.

BB1, BB4: The top models of the Japanese market were titled "Prelude Si VTEC". Like the base models BB1 came with 4WS system and BB4 doesn't. These versions were equipped with 2.2l DOCH sequential multi-port fuel-injected engine with VTEC (H22A), which produce 200-hp at 6800 rpm and 22.3 kg*m torque at 5500 rpm. Both models were available with automatic or manual transmission.

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USDM BB2 had 4ws as an option as well. This trim level had a passenger airbag unlike the Si.
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My Si has a passenger airbag, but I wasn't fortunate enough to get the 4WS model.
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Was the SE also considered a BB2? I've never seen one up close enough to tell.
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My Si has a passenger airbag, but I wasn't fortunate enough to get the 4WS model.
I guess it was the S that only had a driver airbag.
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Was the SE also considered a BB2? I've never seen one up close enough to tell.

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I have a 92 lude also. It's a BB2 but it didn't come with an airbag so I'm guessing it was just offered for certain years.
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My Si has a passenger airbag, but I wasn't fortunate enough to get the 4WS model.
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I have a 92 lude also. It's a BB2 but it didn't come with an airbag so I'm guessing it was just offered for certain years.
Mine's a '92 4WS (BB2) and it has driver/passenger airbags...which are disconnected due to my clutch pedal spring eating the wires =|
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to the best of my knowledge here ya go:

1992 S, SI, SI 4WS

only the SI 4WS had dual airbags stock. SI had the option.
SEX blocker console, also available was a 6 disc cd changer that goes inside the sex blocker.
an optional driverside armrest attached to the sex blocker.

1993 S, SI, SI 4WS, SI VTEC

VTEC models get 6x9 subwoofer, basic console with just the ebrake and an optional cupholder/armrest

1994 S, SI, SE, SI 4WS, VTEC

Nostril gets changed from 1 fin to 2
Redesigned center console with ebrake offset to the side near shifter, while a working cupholder is intergrated.
Mirror control is moved from the door panel to the center console
SI VTEC trim changes to VTEC
Amber turn signal lenses become clear with slight amber inside
EL cluster becomes stock on SI, SE, SI 4WS, and VTEC not available in the S.
Milano Red is still R81 but uses a different tri color combination for paint.
Spoiler w/ LED is an option
Tweetercovers have trim arond it
SI wheels 7 spoke wheels are replaced with "saw blades" and are on every trim but the S.
All models get dual airbags
Mirrors in visors are bigger
VTEC trims get front map light

1995 S, SI, SE VTEC
3rd break light in rear windshield is hacked along with the slow selling 4WS.
no other changes that i know of

1996 S, SI, SE,VTEC

OBDII

All models but the S had the option of leather, fog lights, bra, door trim, fender lining, spoiler

i did not list the color changes available along with the interior material changes. As there are too many to list with the leather style and trim.

please let me know if i forgot anything.
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to the best of my knowledge here ya go:

1992 S, SI, SI 4WS

only the SI 4WS had dual airbags stock. SI had the option.
SEX blocker console, also available was a 6 disc cd changer that goes inside the sex blocker.
an optional driverside armrest attached to the sex blocker.

1993 S, SI, SI 4WS, SI VTEC

VTEC models get 6x9 subwoofer, basic console with just the ebrake and an optional cupholder/armrest

1994 S, SI, SE, SI 4WS, VTEC

Nostril gets changed from 1 fin to 2
Redesigned center console with ebrake offset to the side near shifter, while a working cupholder is intergrated.
Mirror control is moved from the door panel to the center console
SI VTEC trim changes to VTEC
Amber turn signal lenses become clear with slight amber inside
EL cluster becomes stock on SI, SE, SI 4WS, and VTEC not available in the S.
Milano Red is still R81 but uses a different tri color combination for paint.
Spoiler w/ LED is an option
Tweetercovers have trim arond it
SI wheels 7 spoke wheels are replaced with "saw blades" and are on every trim but the S.
All models get dual airbags
Mirrors in visors are bigger
VTEC trims get front map light

1995 S, SI, SE VTEC
3rd break light in rear windshield is hacked along with the slow selling 4WS.
no other changes that i know of

1996 S, SI, SE,VTEC

OBDII

All models but the S had the option of leather, fog lights, bra, door trim, fender lining, spoiler

i did not list the color changes available along with the interior material changes. As there are too many to list with the leather style and trim.

please let me know if i forgot anything.
Hmm just thought I would chime this in, my model is a Japanese BB1 (Si-VTEC) and it has everything, Climate Control, 4WS, LSD, Traction Control, Folding Mirrors, 6x9's but NO Airbags. Don't really know where it fits in...
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Hmm just thought I would chime this in, my model is a Japanese BB1 (Si-VTEC) and it has everything, Climate Control, 4WS, LSD, Traction Control, Folding Mirrors, 6x9's but NO Airbags. Don't really know where it fits in...
What is the second number after the BB1 in your VIN? The USDM Si 4ws VIN is BB2*6. Just curious if you have a 6 there as well.
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What is the second number after the BB1 in your VIN? The USDM Si 4ws VIN is BB2*6. Just curious if you have a 6 there as well.
My vin reads 'BB1-01****'
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well the jap market should be easy as its a rhd, there are subtle differences that I'm aware of between the canadian and us models.. the check engine light being one of them, the US market's CEL has a picture of the engine and says check... the Canadian counterpart just has the picture of the engine

A lot of cars are hybrids though from aftermarket changes, like JDM lights in a USDM car, or a JDM engine etc
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Hi All
I have a JDM 93 Prelude Si VTEC. Being a JDM model, a number of the items, primarily interior fittings, are quite different to what you American owners have.

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i'll just add a bit in here
BB1 = 4ws chassis code
BB4 = 2ws chasis code

in the UK every BB1 had 4ws it wasnt an option, the BB4 was never available in the UK
hence them all being BB1's as BB1 is the chasiss code for 4ws models

in japan
the only difference is that
BB1 = 4ws
BB4 = 2ws
EVERYTHING else WAS optional. except for the power mirrors, these came as standard, UK didnt get power mirrors as an option
airbags, TCS, ABS, sunroof, LSD, the list goes on
so you could get in japan either a BB1 or BB4 with everything on it or nothing at all

thats why you get the sought after BB4 'lightweight model'
thats got LSD, but no TCS, ABS, airbags, or sunroof
basically it was the cheaper option out of the showroom in japan because it didnt have any of the optional extras on it, but this made it alot lighter than the fully loaded 1's so now is sought after in the UK as its the fastest stock lude

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I just purchased my 95 stock vtec. It was a steal, expecially when I see how rare a stock vtec is. It seems like all of the features are on it except 4ws and LSD, though the ABS doesn't work. There is a big tag under the hood that say, "Made in Japan." Aren't all preludes JDM - they were just shipped to the US/Canada/UK with whichever components were approved for that market?
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wrong man. as far as airbags go in 94 all 4th gen USDM preludes came with driver and passenger airbags even the S (f22a1) model but in 92 the ONLY prelude that came with a passenger airbag was the si4ws. in 93 it was the 4ws model and vtec model so if they dont have an airbag in the passenger you know they have either a 92 or 93 S or SI but if they have power door locks then its an SI (; so you can tell everything about the lude fromt he market just by looking at interior (;
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dont know what model i have.
i have a 92
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I guess it was the S that only had a driver airbag.
I suppose because my 92 Si had only driver side airbag. I doubt it works too lol.
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dont know what model i have.
i have a 92
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-but has a f22a1
yea man most likely just a swap...
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yea man most likely just a swap...
what would be the best indication of a swap?
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what would be the best indication of a swap?
because if u have 4ws it should have the H23 in it....somebody changed it to the F22 for sure

my car is a real 93 VTEC model BB1....so glad i got the first year of the H22a but somebody ordered it without the rear spoiler...which im glad...sleeper!
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what would be the best indication of a swap?
Your VIN says it's a swap -- 4WS was an option on the U.S.-market 4th gen Prelude Si, which were all BB2 chassis (reflected in the VIN) with H23A1 engines. U.S.-market Prelude S were BA8 chassis (also in the VIN) with F22A1.

The combination of 4WS and a passenger airbag also indicate an engine swap. The 4WS Si was the only Prelude with a passenger airbag for the 1992 model year.

The question is, which F22 is under your hood? The F22A1 from the 4th gen Prelude S (shared with the Accord) is a single-cam engine, noticably different in both appearance and performance (down about 25 hp on an H23A1). Japanese-market 4th gens never used the H23A, though -- the equivalent Si model was powered by a twin-cam F22B that's roughly equivalent in performance to the H23A1. They're pretty easy to find from engine suppliers, and swapping JDM F22Bs in to replace knackered H23As isn't uncommon. So...are you sure your F22 is an A1, or possibly another variant?
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i have a bb2 4ws with the f22b jdm motor
i,ve only had the car for a couple months, im guessing the previous owner swapped the engine??
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