1997 Prelude with a Turbo K20

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

Dominik Przystasz wanted more power out of his 1997 Honda Prelude. He originally planned on a turbocharger kit but realized he wanted something a little more unique. So Dominik sent the Prelude to Łukasz Szymański and his company Empire Racing Engineering in Stare Babice, Poland for an engine swap.

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

Łukasz replaced the factory 2.2 L H22A5 inline-four with a 2.0 L K20A2 inline-four from a Civic Type R using Hasport swap mounts. They upgraded the K20 with a Garrett GT3071R turbocharger, RBC manifold, and Skunk2 74 mm throttle body. It’s fed fuel through 630 cc injectors from a Skunk2 fuel rail and Walbro 255 pump.

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

The engine also features a Skunk2 radiator, TurboWorks intercooler, Sidewinder exhaust manifold, and custom 3-inch exhaust. The combination results in a stock K20 making 371 horsepower and 372 Nm (274 lb-ft) of torque on a Ecumaster EMU Classic ECU. Power reaches the front wheels through a Exedy Stage 2 clutch and factory K20A2 transmission.

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

The Prelude rides on a KYB suspension with lowering springs, Type S strut bar, and polyurethane bushings everywhere. A set of Rota Grid 17-inch ET30 wheels with Yokohama Advan Sport V105 XL tires cover VTi 282 disc brakes in front and stock Prelude brakes in back.

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

1997 Honda Prelude with a turbo K20 inline-four

The next step for the car is a Tein suspension and Brembo 4-piston calipers with 330 mm rotors. All this is in preparation for a new built motor expected to make 600 horsepower.

10 Comments

  1. Dominik

    Hi Kev. You can’t find them because they don’t have mounts for 5th gen Prelude. You need to buy k swapp engine mounts for 4th gen and modified them a little bit. This one exactly: https://hasport.com/store/index.php/bbk1.html
    All the aluminium parts are good. You need to modified black harness. We based on civic 5th and 6th gen k swapp mounts.

  2. Dominik

    So the axels are also custom made based on ep3. They are much stronger than the original one’s. Lot of parts were custom made to fit this engine and everything into the car as I wanted.

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