In India, Honda is known for its dependable and refined naturally aspirated petrol engines. Recently, they announced three new turbocharged VTEC powerplants which will be used in its small and medium-sized vehicles.
Honda has been using its iVTEC technology in many of its cars to optimize performance and increase fuel efficiency. These engines use variable valve openings according to the speed and power requirements of the driving condition. These same engines will now be used in combination with direct injection turbochargers, which will further allow for more power and expectedly more fun.
There are 3 new VTEC Turbo Engines that the company has revealed:
- Flasgship 2.0L 4 cylinder Turbo
- Mid Range 1.5L 4 cylinder turbo
- Smallest 1.0L 3-pot
The four-cylinder 2.0L and 1.5L engines will come equipped with factory-fitted intercoolers while the three-cylinder 1.0 L engine will be without any.
The exact power outputs are not officially divulged, but a 2.0 L turbocharged engine should be capable of producing some serious bang. Honda is claiming a power output of about 280 bhp from this engine! The smaller 1.5L and the 1.0L turbocharged VTECs would in most probability be tuned for fuel efficiency.
These engines should find their way into the model line-up that Honda has planned for the year 2015. It would be interesting to see where Honda plans to deploy that 280 bhp 2.0L engine.
The specific power outputs of these engines and their probable destination model are being kept under tight wraps for now. But we will know soon. Our bigger point of interest lies in the time frame when Honda intends to launch them here in India..
They should be quick, Volkswagen has already brought in their petrol Turbos on their smaller cars..
– by Sufi