Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650

Honda Vigor

The Honda Vigor was a premium sedan sold in Japan through the Honda Verno dealer network from 1981 to 1995 derived from the Honda Accord. and briefly sold in North America from 1992 to 1994 as the Acura Vigor . Early Vigors were more upmarket versions of the Accord and served as Honda’s flagship until the arrival of the Honda Legend. In 1989, the Vigor would differentiate itself further from the Accord with unique styling and an available longitudinal five-cylinder engine, and a twin to the Vigor was introduced with the Honda Inspire. available at Honda Clio dealerships.

It was replaced in North America with the Acura TL and in Japan with the Honda Saber /Inspire. which were the same vehicle sold through different networks.

First generation (SZ (hatchback)/AD (sedan)) [ edit ]


1,375mm (54.1in) sedan

Beginning September 25, 1981, Honda produced a variant of the Honda Accord badged as the Honda Vigor for Japan only. The first generation Vigor was a higher grade 4-door sedan and 3-door hatchback, with the 1.8 L engine as the only engine available, using Honda’s CVCC -II system. The Vigor was a sportier, faster, vigorous Accord with a higher level of equipment over the more sedate Accord.

Due to the higher level of luxury oriented equipment, the Vigor help set the stage for the market to accept a luxury equipped car from Honda, which appeared in 1985 with the Honda Legend. The Vigor competed with the Toyota Chaser and the Nissan Laurel in Japan. The rear lighting implementation consisted of the license plate installed in the bumper, with a black trim piece between the rear tail lights and the word Vigor inscribed.

The Accord installed the rear license plate between the rear tail lights.

This engine used the SOHC 3-valve-per-cylinder CVCC-II setup, mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission with a lockup torque converter. Vehicles with a manual transmission and the CVCC carburetor earned 13.6km/L (38mpg -imp ; 32mpg -US ) based on Japanese Government emissions tests using 10 different modes of scenario standards, and 110PS (80.9kW; 108.5bhp), and 23km/L (65mpg -imp ; 54mpg -US ) at consistently maintained speeds at 60km/h (37.3mph). Vehicles with PGM-FI earned 13.2km/L (37mpg -imp ; 31mpg -US ) based on Japanese Government emissions tests using 10 different modes of scenario standards, with 130PS (95.6kW; 128.2bhp), and 22km/L (62mpg -imp ; 52mpg -US ) consistently maintained speeds at 60km/h (37.3mph).

Items that were optional on the Accord, such as cruise control, air conditioning with automatic fan speed control and thermostatically monitored temperature, power windows with driver’s one touch express down, and power steering were standard on the Vigor. A trip computer that displayed mileage, driving time, and fuel economy that Honda called in sales brochure literature as Electronic Navigator was also standard on the Vigor.

Honda Vigor 650

All Vigors were also equipped with ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts. One of the optional items on the Vigor was an Electro Gyrocator. the world’s first automatic in-car navigation system. [ 1 ] Other items included digital instrumentation, four-wheel Anti-lock brakes. a choice of stereo systems from Alpine Electronics. Clarion. and Pioneer. alloy wheels (13-inch), and adjustable thigh support on the front passenger seat.

As of 1985, trim levels that were offered were the MG, ME, and ME-R for the sedan. Earlier trim packages were the VXR, VX, and VL, all using the CVCC-II induction setup. Honda’s fuel injection system was offered on the VTL-i, and VT-i.

As the hatchback continued to be manufactured as an Accord only, the Vigor hatchback was available with the trim packages MX-T, and the ME-T until it was replaced by the Honda Integra 2-door hatchback in 1984. Earlier trim packages for the Vigor hatchback were the TXL, TX, and TU using the carburetor, and the TT-i with fuel injection.

Vehicles that were installed with fuel injection no longer used the CVCC system. [ 2 ] Some of the standard equipment on the MX-T hatchback and the MG and ME sedans included cruise control, 2 position 4 Wheel auto leveling suspension, fuel usage computer, AM/FM cassette stereo and two Coaxial loudspeakers. flow through ventilation, velour interior with split folding rear seats, and a rear cargo cover for the hatchbacks. The higher trim level ME-T hatchback and the ME-R also included delayed interior illumination (called theater lighting), four coaxial speakers with the stereo system, power windows and locks, disc brakes front and rear, and speed sensitive power steering.

With some differences in the equipment available between the Accord and the Vigor, the vehicle was essentially the same. Producing a vehicle with two different names allowed Honda to sell the car at different sales channels in Japan; the Vigor was sold at Honda Verno dealerships, and the Accord was sold at Honda Clio dealerships. The fully equipped Vigor 2-door hatchback offered cargo carrying flexibility over the first generation Nissan Leopard coupe, which was not a hatchback, an approach shared with the first and second generation Toyota Supra. Here is a Japanese television commercial for the Vigor

In 1997, Honda reused this approach to add an enhanced version of the mainstay Accord, by duplicating their efforts achieved on this generation Honda Vigor, and naming the new car the Honda Torneo .

Second generation (CA1-CA2-CA3) [ edit ]

Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650
Honda Vigor 650
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