NEW HONDA TURBO ENGINES
Honda will soon launch a trio of new turbocharged VTEC petrol engines, in the form of 1.0 three-cylinder and 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines, along with the new Civic Type R's 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo mill.
Honda has previously confirmed the the new Civic Type R's engine will offer "in excess" of 206kW, but full technical details for the smaller engines are still to be confirmed.
All three engines will benefit from direct injection however, and will join Honda's 1.6 litre diesel engine at the small end of its new Earth Dreams engine range.
Driven by an industry-wide move toward small-capacity turbo engines in a bid to meet tightening emissions regulations, Honda says its new engines will offer class-leading outputs and efficiency figures.
The 1.0 litre engine will offer around 95kW and 200Nm of torque - impressive figures for its size, and easily a match for Ford's three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
Moving up to the larger 1.5 engine, power grows to around 150kW and 260Nm, again solid figures and more in the realm of larger engines.
Most models with the smaller engines will get manual and new CVT automatic transmissions, although performance offerings - and the more prestige-focused Acura models - will get an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic option.
Interestingly, the dual-clutch auto will also get an advanced torque converter - normally the domain of conventional autos - to help smooth-out launches and low-speed downshifts.
Launch timing has also not been announced, but Honda has confirmed the Type R will be the first to feature one of its new turbo engines.
Honda has also released a set of new images for the upcoming Civic Type R, snapped during assessment at the Tochigi Test Track in Japan.
"The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved," Honda's WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini said during testing.
"The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction'. 'This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R."
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