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Honda VTEC TURBO Engines Announced

Automaker changes the game with 3 new forced induction mills

By , Photography by Honda, Motor Trend

Honda VTEC TURBO Details:

  • Three new VTEC turbocharged engines
  • Boosted 1.5L and 2.0L inline-4s and 1,000cc 3-cylinder motor to be released
  • 2.0L variant planned to have 280+hp
  • Full specs to come
  • With the 2013 auto show season ramping up, Honda's Japanese corporate operations dropped a bomb in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing three newly developed VTEC TURBO engines. You're reading that right - the big H looks to be heading back into the forced induction realm in an effort to take its powertrain technologies to the next level.

    Virtually no specs or details were given except that the direct injected gasoline turbocharged mills will come in three flavors of displacement, 2.0- and 1.5-liter inline-4s and a 1,000cc 3-cylinder motor, for Honda's small and mid-sized platforms. Coupled with the company's famed VTEC variable valve motion technology, these engines will purportedly offer class-leading output and fuel-sipping performance.

    The two-liter unit seems the most tantalizing, Honda pegging its power production in excess of 280 horsepower.

    As the nerdiest Honda fiends know, this wouldn't be the first time the company has stepped into the forced induction game, though it would be one of only a few experiences. In the 1980s, the first-gen. City and later the Legend both had snails from the factory, but only in Japan. America didn't get a turbo Honda lump until the K23 in the 2007 Acura RDX, but that has since gone the way of the dodo (the last K23Ts went out in 2012).

    Maybe the bigger question here is will any of these motors come to the States? Honda tends to keep all the cool stuff in Japan or sends it to Europe, but with the global platform next NSX being constructed in Ohio, a car that now looks to be flossing a hybrid twin-turbo V6, can other boosted engines be too far behind? One can hope.

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