Honda Announces New 1.0L, 1.5L and 2.0L VTEC Turbo Engines

It was only a matter of time before Japan’s car-making companies joined their European, American and Korean counterparts in developing turbocharged gasoline engines for their mainstream products.

On Monday night (Tuesday morning in Japan), Honda joined the force-fed bandwagon with the announcement of the released of a newly developed line of VTEC TURBO direct injection gasoline turbo engines, which include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, and two four-cylinder mills with a displacement of 1.5-liters and 2.0-liters.

Honda stated the following about its new VTEC Turbo units: “With the application of variable valve motion technology such as Honda’s unique VTEC along with direct injection turbocharging with highly-fluidized combustion and a thorough reduction in engine friction, this engine achieves class-leading output and environmental performance, while downsizing engine displacement.”

The brand with the “H” logo said that the new range of turbocharged petrol engines will be used in its future global models “in accordance with characteristics of each model and needs of local customers”, without divulging any further details.

However, we do know that the 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo, which will produce more than 280-horsepower in its most potent form, will be used in the new European market Civic Type R scheduled for a 2015 launch.



  • Dwight

    Wow. I might actually buy a Honda again some day.

  • kachuks

    Nice to know that the H is finally catching up to what tuners have been doing to their engines for about 2 decades.

    Actually, the auto industry is finally catching up to what tuners have been doing for years.

    • Alex86

      They are not catching up, they were ahead of their time 2 decades ago. If they want, they can build any type of engine they want, rewind back to the 80’s and remember the turbocharged era of Formula 1 and how their engines were among the best in the world. VTEC came along and the NSX was considered a major breakthrough in terms of handling and technology, competing with the world’s best supercars at a fraction of the cost. You think they are retarded and have now discovered that they can mount a turbocharger on their cars, or remap the ECU? Car companies have to comply with certain regulations when developing a car, and because of that we don’t always get what we wanted. Actually, the tuners are the ones who are catching up with the automotive industry, offering aftermarket performance packages that you don’t get from the factory. Installing a bigger intercooler and altering the car’s software doesn’t make your neighborhood tuner smarter than the auto industry. They just exploit the car’s potential, maximizing it to the limits designated by the manufacturer and in many cases, beyond that. This doesn’t mean that the manufacturer is unable to do it, technically speaking.

      • Vicente

        You’ve saved me a bunch of time writing! It is also good to point out that tuners are try and see guys… they put turbo and supercharges, put the car on a dyno and see how good it went. Auto industry project, calculate and estimate, THEN they build up and try out. Like Alex said, do not think that automotive industry is dumb, they (like many of us) make the cars to achieve the best sell/cost ration. That is what they do for living!

    • vinnx

      Tuners dont have to worry about. Mpg requirements. Emissions. Reliability for warranty. Production costs. Safety standards among other regs strapped to auto makers… and retail costs… whats the point of selling a turbo Si 10 yrs ago for nearly 30k. When u can just get a v6 accord? Very very small market.

  • Salih Ahzem

    Thank God, Honda is back on its FEET!

  • Frank Miller

    Now if only they’d design some really decent car shapes…..!
    The one problem I have with the current run of bodies is that the rear view is terribly obscured, making reversing a decidedly unpleasant experience.
    I also thinnk they should use less curves – that’s just a fad. Consider how VW managed to get really good-looking cars by giving up on the fad with curves. OK, some will call it boring, I reckon they’re practical.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Waiting on a turbo / stick combo to arrive…

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