This is the second 96 Si Prelude I have
owned. I loved my first one so much, that when circumstances changed that I couldn't have it, I went in search of the exact same car. I work at a car dealership and have driven just about every type of car out there. I can only say the S2000 has gotten the same rush out of me as the 'lude. I still get stopped at red lights and asked what kind of car it is. I love that you don't see a whole lot of them on the road and the exclusivity that goes with it.
The 5spd has a nice "snickety" short throw. It is very smooth and potent for such a heavy car (almost 3800 lbs).
Hard to see out of rear of vehicle, but that's what you get with the high rear end style of this car. Aesthetics over function, I guess.