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Honda takes another stab at turbocharged engines

Three of the automaker's VTEC engines will get forced induction upgrades

November 19, 2013  by Dan Ilika

MARKHAM, Ont.—Synonymous for years with high revving naturally aspirated engines, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced a lineup of turbocharged VTEC powerplants for use in its stable of small and medium-sized vehicles.

According to the Japanese automaker, its new series of VTEC turbo engines feature displacement of 2.0-, 1.5- and 1.0-litres, and will be adopted by “future global models.”

The combination of variable valve motion technology from its VTEC technology along with direct injection turbocharging allows the motors achieve “class-leading output and environmental performance, while downsizing engine displacement,” Honda claims.

The 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine will feature a front-mounted intercooler out of the factory, and will push out “more than 280-horsepower,” according to Honda.


The 1.5L four-cylinder engine will feature a smaller intercooler, while the 1.0L three-cylinder won’t be equipped with a factory turbo cooling system.

Power numbers for those engines weren’t released by the automaker.

While the smaller two powerplants are clearly aimed at fuel economy, the larger 2.0L poses an interesting option for Honda.

Encroaching on Mitsubishi Lancer Evo output numbers, the powerplant could mark the return of a more potent Civic SiR or Type-R on North American shores.

With a red valve cover reminiscent of the classic B18s of yesteryear, the Civic seems to be the destination Honda has in mind.

Or it could end up in the larger Accord.

No platform specifics have been announced, but my vote would be to see it power the Canadian-built Civic.

Or I could let my mind really wander and picture it under the hood of a Fit.

Stay tuned.

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