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Author: PurdueGuy

Differences between S(x)1 and S(x)2:

The trim levels through the rest of the page will be referred to as "1's" (SC1, SL1, SW1) and "2's" (SC2, SL2, SW2).

1) The engine

The most commonly known difference 1's and 2's is the engine.  The 1's have the SOHC (85 hp '91-'94, 100 hp '95-'02), while the 2's have the DOHC (124 hp '91-'02).

2) The transmission

The 1's transmissions (MP2, MP6) are geared for economy, the 2's (MP3, MP7) are geared more for acceleration.

3) The seats

The seats in the 1's are a single-piece back.  The seat adjusts 2 ways: forward/backward slide, and forward/backward tilting seat back.  There is no separate headrest.

The seats in the 2's also slide forward/backward, and the seatback tilts forward/backward, but the seats also have a lumbar adjustment (driver's side only) and a separate, adjustable headrest.

4) The fabric

The 1's use a simple, durable fabric, while the 2's use a more plush fabric.  Also, the seats seem to be more cushioned.

5) Rear anti-sway bar

1's do not have a rear anti-sway bar.  2's do.

6) Front anti-sway bar

1's front anti-sway bar is thinner than 2's, due to the 2's having a rear anti-sway bar.

7) Gauge cluster

1's gauges show up to 110 mph and redline at 5,500 RPM. 2's gauges show up to 130 mph and redline at 6,750 RPM.

8) EVO (Electronically Controlled Orifice)

Only found on 2's, the EVO is a valve for the power steering that progressively decreases power assist as speeds increase and totally turns off the assist at around 35 mph.  (Not sure if this one is accurate - have heard of people finding EVO's on 1's)

Other trim level differences:

SL vs. SL1:

The SL is the bare-bones base 4 door model.  It has pretty much no options at all.  Will try to get more detail of just how stripped down it is later.

'91-'96 SC1 vs. SC2

Aside from the differences listed above, there are a few differences specific to the 1st gen SC's.  First, the front is different.  SC1 looks much like the SL's (but it's not the same).  SC2 has pop-up headlights.  The SC1 does not have a trunk lid reflector, the SC2 does.



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