Crapwagon Outtake: Honda's Turbo Triumph

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
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Honda is gearing up to launch the all-new, turbocharged Civic Type-R, but they’ve actually made a boosted Civic before. And it was badged as a Triumph. The last Triumph ever, in fact.

Banovsky’s Car of the Day tells the story of the Triumph Acclaim Turbo, a badge engineering job between Honda and British Leyland that saw a fancy Civic (known as the Ballade) fitted with a turbocharged and built in a British Leyland factory. It was apparently one of the most reliable British Leyland cars ever built, but only three remain today. And it was also the last car to ever wear the Triumph badge.

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  • Grzydj Grzydj on Jul 02, 2014

    Honda also made a boosted Honda City Turbo. I think it was only sold in Japan however.

  • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Jul 02, 2014

    Looks like a first generation Prelude had sex with a Nissan Stanza. Ugh! I can't imagine any Prelude lowering its standards for a Stanza.

    • Mechaman Mechaman on Jul 02, 2014

      It looks like my '78 Datsun 510, complete with my Kamei air dam!

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Jul 02, 2014

    No worse than GM Daewoo or Sergio's Alfa Dart bored. No Dolomite Sprint here. Shoulda Prelude a Stag...

  • Matt Foley Matt Foley on Jul 03, 2014

    Be honest: prior to today, did anybody here already know that the last Triumph ever made was a rebadged 2nd-gen Civic with a vinyl top, rubber air dam, and TURBO stripes? I sure as hell didn't, and would have called BS on anyone who said so. A vinyl top and a Rubbermaid air dam. That makes even the most outlandish American cars of the late 70's/early 80's look tasteful.