On the face of it this model is a fairly generic, front-driven 1990s Japanese coupe. But in typical Honda style, the CR-X is much more interesting than it first looks. A kerbweight not far off that of a Lotus Elise, typically fizzy VTEC engine, and sophisticated double-wishbone suspension all round were typical of the brand’s eye for engineering detail. And for those in the know, the CR-X is a classy alternative to a hot hatch, with a small but loyal following chasing the fast-diminishing supply of clean, original examples.
In the game it was an unbeatable combination of low cost and high performance; many a Gran Turismo "career" was kick-started in a CR-X, sealing the car’s place in the heart of gamers and drivers alike. It’s a delightful proposition in the real world, too.