Honda City Turbo II 1983 Design Interior Exterior

Honda introduced the Turbo model in 1983 and was succeeded by the Turbo II in 1984. This “Bulldog”, named after its bulldog-like facelift, features a 110 hp engine and a dry weight of 1650 lbs might. Still not convinced? Maybe the fact that it’s one of Honda’s few turbocharged road cars will win you over. Either way, let it simmer then contact the guys over at Japanese Classics LLC.

The Honda City Turbo was a sport compact / hot hatch produced by Japanese automaker Honda between 1982 and 1986, based on the naturally aspirated Honda City AA. The City Turbo is one of a very few turbocharged Honda Kei Cars.

The City Turbo was the brainchild of Hirotoshi Honda, son of Honda founder Soichiro Honda as well as founder and owner of Mugen. In the early 1980s Mugen was a small tuning company that was beginning to make its mark producing performance parts for motorcycles and automobiles, but was yet to gain recognition outside of racing circles. When he created the City Turbo, Hirotoshi took one of Honda’s most unassuming vehicles and successfully turned it into an aggressive street rocket, considered to be well ahead of its time. Impressed, Honda took Hirotoshi’s idea and made a production version, introduced in September 1982. A few months earlier, Honda staffers took two City Turbos on a gruelling 10,000 km round trip of Europe, all the way from Sicily to Karasjok in the arctic north.

In November 1983, the intercooled Turbo II joined the lineup. Flared fenders, wings, sideskirts and graphics combined for a much more pugnacious appearance, making its “Bulldog” nickname very fitting. In late 1984 the original Turbo was discontinued while the Turbo II continued in production until the City was replaced in late 1986.

body type 4/5 seater hatchback
number of doors 3
mm inches
wheelbase 2220 87.4
track/tread (front) 1400 55.1
track/tread (rear) 1390 54.7
length 3420 134.6
width 1625 64
height 1470 57.9
ground clearance 160 6.3
length:wheelbase ratio 1.54
kerb weight 735 kg 1620 lb
fuel tank capacity 41 litres 9 UK Gal 10.8 US Gal
engine type turbocharged petrol
engine manufacturer Honda
engine code ER Turbo
cylinders Straight 4
capacity 1.2 litre
1232 cc
(75.181 cu in)
bore × stroke 66 × 90 mm
2.6 × 3.54 in
bore/stroke ratio 0.73
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
3 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(jis net)
110 PS (108 bhp) (81 kW)
at 5500 rpm
specific output
(jis net)
87.7 bhp/litre
1.44 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(jis net)
160 Nm (118 ft·lb) (16.3 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
specific torque
(jis net)
129.87 Nm/litre
1.57 ft·lb/cu3
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7.6:1
fuel system Honda PGM-FI fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1632 kPa (236.7 psi)
engine coolant Water
unitary capacity 308 cc
aspiration Turbo
intercooler Y
catalytic converter Y
power-to-weight ratio 148.98 PS/g
109.57 kW/g
146.94 bhp/ton
0.07 bhp/lb
weight-to-power ratio 9.13 kg/kW
15.24 lb/bhp
engine position front
engine layout transverse
drive wheels front wheel drive
torque split N/A
steering rack & pinion
front suspension I.MS.
rear suspension I.MS.CS.
wheel size front 5J x 13
wheel size rear 5J x 13
tyres front 185/60 R 13 80H
tyres rear 185/60 R 13 80H
gearbox 5 speed manual
top gear ratio 0.66
final drive ratio 4.07

Honda City Turbo II 1983 Design Interior Exterior

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