Honota Cilet Tur Turbo
The Honota Cilet is even better than the two cars it was made of: the Honda City and the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 both have turbos, so the Cilet needs to have a Tur-Turbo!
The front section of this car mashup is taken from the Honda City and the rear section is taken from the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82. The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Honota Cilet. Honda and Toyota deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a hatchback and the rear of a 3 door hatchback.
The Honota Cilet combines the late showa and bubble era. Thanks to it’s pop-art style Madness infested ads and brochures the City Turbo quickly gained popularity under the Japanese 80s youth. The Starlet GT Turbo was a perfect example of bubble era thinking: youngsters who were wading in cash were eager to buy the top of the line performance model. All in all it’s a perfect continuation of the same trend!
Honota Cilet Chassis
The Honota Cilet has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 3661mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 690 kilograms (Honda City) and 830 kilograms (Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82) to 783 kilograms (1728 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||Independent strut suspension|
|Rear suspension||solid beam axle with suspension arms|
Honota Cilet Engine and drivetrain
|Bore x Stroke||66 x 90|
|Power||99 hp (74 kW)|
|Torque||147 Nm (108 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The IHI RHB51 turbocharger was developed by IHI and Honda together for the specific application on the Turbo and Turbo II models. This specific turbo was designed to be much smaller than conventional turbochargers and run at a much higher rpm.
Tur Turbo trim level
The Tur Turbo mixes the best out of the Honda City Turbo and the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo.
The dashboard featured a digital speedometer and boost gauge. The remainder of the gauge cluster remained analogue, including the gigantic tachometer that filled up most of the space. In the rear Toyota put a combination of a solid beam axle and suspension arms, making it effectively a torsion bar.
Honota Cilet Trivia
The turbo model can be distinguished by the enormous bulge on the bonnet. This bulge was necessary to create the extra space necessary by the turbo and larger intake of the Turbo model. The TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) automatically switched from normal to hard under heavy braking, acceleration or cornering.
The original front: Honda City
This particular model of the Honda City was sold in 1982. The body style is a door hatchback.
The Honda City was designed as a small city car aimed at the youth that wanted a bigger car than kei-dimensions and had money to spare. The Honda City Turbo was initiated by Honda’s Formula One director Sakurai Shoshito, however this was shortly before Honda rentered Formula One as engine supplier for Williams in 1983. The Honda City platform featured innovative products like the foldable Motocompo bike in the boot space, the Manhattan HiFi boombox car and obviously also the Turbo and Turbo II models featuring a widebody version of the car with an incredible powerful turbo charged engine. The Honda City is widely considered to be the most daring product by Honda ever.
The Honda City ad campaign
The initial ad campaign hired the British ska band Madness, featuring the ‘In the City’ song which while performing their ‘Nutty Train’ walk. This song is also better known for its catchy Honda-honda-honda chorus and the band later released a 3 minute version of the song on the b-side of ‘Cardiac Arrest’. The ad campaign was an instant success and the Honda City broke many sales records. Upon the release of the Turbo model the ‘Driving In My Car’ song was used, where the members of the band were dressed up as samurai while performing, once again, their ‘Nutty Train’ walk.
The Honda City in popular media
The Motocompo became immensely popular thanks to an episode of Mighty Car Mods, where Marty and Moog race each other with a red and a yellow Motocompo bike. This renewed interest in the Honda City and since the prices soared. Often the first generation Honda Today is mistaken for the Honda City: both featured the same styling but the Today is a genuine Kei car, while the City isn’t.
Spotted: A pair of Pocket Rockets! Suzuki Alto Works / Honda City Turbo II by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82
This particular model of the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was sold in 1990. The body style is a door 3 door hatchback.
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was a prolongation of the 80s hot hatchback race by each manufacturer and a worthy successor to the Starlet Turbo S EP71. The new P80 Starlet was introduced in 1989 and it was an instant hit!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 ad campaign
In the typical late 80s and early 90s, the Starlet GT Turbo ads were whacky. Don’t expect any Japanese celebrities showing up in these ads: they’re simply too weird for that!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 in popular media
The Toyota Starlet EP82 was very popular with the 90s boy racers: the engine was highly tunable due to the absence of an airflow meter and it could zip through the tight corners of togues quickly as the Starlet only weights 830 kilograms.
Left To Rot: TRD Equipped, Toyota Starlet GT Turbo – EP82 by Wasabi Cars
The Honota Cilet certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Honda and Toyota to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Honda or Toyota, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Honda City and the Toyota Starlet. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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