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
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.
(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)
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
'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.