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-__TOC__ Honda introduced the model in 1985 in Japan to be their premier luxury model and in 1986 in North America as the range-topping model in the then-new Acura lineup. The first generation Legend is notable for many technical innovations. The coupe was the first to be engineered using CAD (computer aided design). Sedan models came to market first, powered by a 151 hp 2.5 L [[C Series#C25A|C25A]] V6 with coupes appearing for 1987 powered by a new 161 hp 2.7 L [[C Series#C27A|C27A]] engine. Sedans received the new engine for 1988. Production of the first generation models ended in 1990 as a second generation version became available.+__TOC__
 +==History==
 +Honda introduced the model in 1985 in Japan to be their premier luxury model and in 1986 in North America as the range-topping model in the then-new Acura lineup. The first generation Legend is notable for many technical innovations. The coupe was the first to be engineered using CAD (computer aided design). Sedan models came to market first, powered by a 151 hp 2.5 L [[C Series#C25A|C25A]] V6 with coupes appearing for 1987 powered by a new 161 hp 2.7 L [[C Series#C27A|C27A]] engine. Sedans received the new engine for 1988. Production of the first generation models ended in 1990 as a second generation version became available.
The Legend was indeed an impressive car receiving accolades from all sides ( winner of JD power four years in a row from 87 - 90) The Coupe model was on Car and Drivers ten best lists three years in a row. The Legend Coupe was Car and Driver's "import car of the year" for 1987. Legends were regarded for their impeccable fit and finish as well as their incredible reliability. They were also excellent performers. Manually equipped models could sprint to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph. Sedan models had a coefficient of drag of .32, while coupes were only .30. The Legend was indeed an impressive car receiving accolades from all sides ( winner of JD power four years in a row from 87 - 90) The Coupe model was on Car and Drivers ten best lists three years in a row. The Legend Coupe was Car and Driver's "import car of the year" for 1987. Legends were regarded for their impeccable fit and finish as well as their incredible reliability. They were also excellent performers. Manually equipped models could sprint to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph. Sedan models had a coefficient of drag of .32, while coupes were only .30.

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History

Honda introduced the model in 1985 in Japan to be their premier luxury model and in 1986 in North America as the range-topping model in the then-new Acura lineup. The first generation Legend is notable for many technical innovations. The coupe was the first to be engineered using CAD (computer aided design). Sedan models came to market first, powered by a 151 hp 2.5 L C25A V6 with coupes appearing for 1987 powered by a new 161 hp 2.7 L C27A engine. Sedans received the new engine for 1988. Production of the first generation models ended in 1990 as a second generation version became available.

The Legend was indeed an impressive car receiving accolades from all sides ( winner of JD power four years in a row from 87 - 90) The Coupe model was on Car and Drivers ten best lists three years in a row. The Legend Coupe was Car and Driver's "import car of the year" for 1987. Legends were regarded for their impeccable fit and finish as well as their incredible reliability. They were also excellent performers. Manually equipped models could sprint to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph. Sedan models had a coefficient of drag of .32, while coupes were only .30.

Technical highlight were numerous, features such as a multivalve V6 engine, variable length intake manifold, a double wishbone suspension, 4wheel disc brakes, abs brakes, air bag and an information system. (that could monitor maintenance intervals, fluid levels, and provide the driver with fuel economy information)

In 1989, the sedan received some minor tweaks with new, one piece front headlamps, a new front bumper, a revised trunk lid and new tail lights. New alloy wheels also replaced the old ones and some pieces of exterior molding also changed. Inside, a revised dash and seat cloth patterns is also noticable. The high end LS now featured a trip computer in the center stack.

In 1990, the Legend coupe LS was revamped with a woodgrain interior, clear/red taillights, and a new, body colored grill. The sedans also received the woodgrain interior for the LS model.

Frequently Asked Questions, DIY Repairs, and DIY Modifications

If you have a specific question about this generation legend, don't know WHY a particular problem occurs with your car, or would like a DIY repair or modification procedure, please see the seperate FAQ & DIY Page.

Awards

The Legend coupe was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1987. The coupe also made Car and Driver magazine's Car and Driver Ten Best for 1988 through 1990.

Trivia

  • The Legend shared its engine (in the highest trim), transmission, chassis and some other parts with the Rover 800-series models, sold in the United States under the Sterling brand. Both generations of Legend were co-developed with Rover group and sold under the Sterling name in the United Kingdom and France. The US only received the first generation of this collaboration, equipped with the Honda V6.
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