While it may have become something of a meme in the automotive world, Honda’s VTEC-equipped engines are among the best-known small car engines in the world. Not wanting to disappoint fans, Honda has revealed a trio of all-new turbocharged VTEC engines displacing between 1.0 and 2.0 liters.
These three new VTEC engines will fall under Honda’s new Earth Dreams engine series, starting with a 1.0 liter, three-cylinder unit that will power many of Honda’s smaller offerings. The Honda Fit is a likely candidate for the three-cylinder unit, as is the Honda Civic. The larger, four-cylinder 1.5 liter turbo VTEC engine is bound to be the workhorse motor, with the three-cylinder tuned more towards efficiency than fun while the four-cylinder motivates the heavier cars in Honda’s lineup, possibly even cars like the larger Honda Accord. Then again, Honda seems to have the Accord’s fuel efficiency all figured out.
But the engine I’m most interest in is the 2.0 liter, four-cylinder motor designed for the next-gen Civic Type-R. Honda claims that despite displacing just 2.0 liters, the motor will deliver in excess of 280 horsepower. That’s the same output as V6 engines with twice the displacement, and would even outperform Ford’s much-ballyhooed EcoBoost line of turbocharged motors.
You hear that? VTEC just kicked in yo.