"Del Sol" means "to the sun"! When Honda introduced the Honda Civic del Sol in 1992, they designed a car on the Civic platform but with a targa top that could open up the majority of the roof to the sun and wind. The removable hardtop stored in the trunk, still leaving some cargo space. The back window could fold which gave the car the feel of a convertible.
When the model was introduced, the basic engine was a 1.5-liter 102 hp 14, which was gradually upgraded to a 1.6-liter 160 hp by 1996. The two-door roadster was available with either a 4-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Though the del Sol resembled a design with a mid-engine, it actually shared the front-engine design of the successful Honda Civic.
The options available on all del Sol models were custom floor mats, a rear spoiler, an automatic transmission in certain models, heated mirrors, power steering, traction control system, front fog lights (in 1993 - 1995 models), and air conditioning. The Si upgrade had a 1.6-liter engine as standard equipment, along with 14" alloy wheels that could be color-matched on the Samba Green models. These also featured cruise control, power side mirrors, wider tires, and rear disc brakes. Front and rear anti-sway bars were an added feature for improved handling.
In 1994 dual airbags became standard equipment on the del Sol. A host of improvements were added in 1995, including a remote trunk release, a low fuel light, and power steering. Some minor modifications were added in 1996 to refresh the model, but the last del Sols came off the assembly line with the 1997 model.