• V-Tech Turbo


    Honda Europe has just confirmed that the 10th-generation Civic will be the first in its range to feature the company’s all-new 1.0 and 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engines. The two new engines, part of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range, will join the existing 2.0 VTEC Turbo engine that’s already doing service in the current Civic Type R.

    The European Honda Civic will feature the two new downsized turbo petrol engines (first announced in 2013) when it’s launched in early 2017. Both are claimed to offer a combination of “dynamic performance, class-leading output and excellent fuel economy.”

    A 1.5 litre turbo engine was recently introduced for the US-market 2016 Civic (pictured above), featuring dual Variable Valve Timing Control (VTC), but not Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC).

    The new engines honda-vtec-turbo-10-cropwill be based on a completely new structure and features variable valve timing, along with direct injection. Both engines also receive a newly developed turbocharging system with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, which Honda says achieves a good balance of power output above that of conventional naturally-aspirated engines.

    Honda 1.0 (left) and 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engines.
    Honda’s 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo unit is already available in Japan, on both the Jade RS and StepWGN. In the MPV models, said engine delivers 148 hp 203 Nm of torque, compared to the USDM Civic 1.5 turbo’s 174 hp and 220 Nm.

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