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Honda's engineers have been busily figuring out how to make their VTEC engine better, and today the auto giant released the first details about the next-generation powerplant, which they're calling Advanced VTEC. Honda says it plans to have the new engine in a production car within the next three years.

Torquier at all speeds, the engine also sets the valves for low lift and early closure at lower load levels, which boosts fuel economy to the tune of 13% over the current 2.4L i-VTEC when the engine is equipped with the proper intake bits. In addition to being punchier and more economical, the engine is cleaner-burning as well, garnering a LEV2-ULEV emissions rating.

This is good news. While research and implementation of the various alternative fuel and propulsion solutions is most welcome, there's a lot to be said for the regular, economical four-cylinder gasoline engine. If Honda is on the verge of producing a four with power, more torque (hooray!), better fuel economy and cleaner emissions, the Advanced VTEC is going to be a highly attractive alternative to the alternatives.

(Additional photos, press release after the jump)

[Source: Honda]

Honda Advanced VTEC Research Vehicle:




PRESS RELEASE:
Honda Develops Advanced VTEC Engine Combining High Power and Environmental Performance

September 25, 2006–Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has further advanced its VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control System) technology with the development of the Advanced VTEC engine, which achieves high performance along with outstanding fuel economy and lower emissions. The new engine combines continuously variable valve lift and timing control with the continuously variable phase control of VTC (Variable Timing Control). Honda plans to release a production vehicle equipped with the new engine within three years.

This new system permits optimum control over intake valve lift and phase in response to driving conditions, achieving improved charging efficiency for a significant increase in torque at all engine speeds. Under low to medium load levels, the valves are set for low lift and early closure to reduce pumping losses and improve fuel economy.

In combination with optimized intake components, these advances in control technology result in world-class dynamic performance along with approximately 13%* improvement in fuel economy. The new engine is also exceptionally clean, with exhaust emissions that meet both U.S. Environmental Protection Agency LEV2-ULEV regulations and Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport requirements for Low-Emission Vehicles, with emission levels 75% lower than those required by the 2005 standards (based on Honda calculations).
* Engine only, as compared to production 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine (Honda calculations)


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just wanted to point out that Honda did not "release a production vehicle equipped with the new engine within three years." of the press release on September 25, 2009. Honda has been lacking of late in significantly improving their combustion engines.
      Mevludin
      • 7 Years Ago
      PEOPLE SEND MY EMAIL'S AND ASK'T MY WHAT'S THE BEST RPM A HONDA ENGINE GAN HANDLE
      THE ANSWERS.
      A HONDA ACCORD ENGINE VTEC OR VTEC DOHC TYPE R CAN BY MAX'T AT 10.222RPM.DO NOT EXCIDE TOO 11.000RPM
      ALL CIVIC VTEC DOHC OR VTEC CAN MAX AT 12.729RPM MAX
      AND YOU CAN DO IT ALL ON THE ECM YOU NEED A INTAKE ONLY AND ECM PROGRAMM FROM HONDADATA.COM
      • 8 Years Ago
      Put this on the K23 turbo going into the next TSX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where's the Honda V-10?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please, what is so impressive with Honda Motors?

      VW has a TURBO 2L 4 cyclinder engine making 200+HP 200+ ft/lb torque while getting 25MPG CITY 31MPG HIGHWAY.

      Honda Motors stopped being impressive years ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The competition has NOT caught up to Honda's 4 cylinder engines. K20z3 = 100 hp / liter in the new Civic Si. Name a domestic company that has a NA motor with that kind of specific output? As far as I know, the only naturally aspirated car available in USA to match 100 hp / liter since Honda came out with the B16a1 in 1989(!!) was BMW when they released the latest M5 V10 5.0L making 500hp, and that's in a $80K+ car. Domestics have nothing naturally aspirated that can compete.

      And low end torque in a gasoline engine = shitty in-town mileage. Hi revving silky smooth K series = economical sensibility + plenty of great-sounding and smooth running fun.

      And leave it to the American SAE to change horsepower ratings to favor the US brands over foreign competitors. How low will they sink?
      • 8 Years Ago
      risingsun,

      My friend has a new Corvette that makes 400 hp. Sure it has 6.0 liters of displacement but it is a v8 engine with a single cam and 16 valves. I'd like to know how mant moving parts are in the little Honda 4cyl. compared to the GM 8? You see air is free and weighs nothing. Machined parts are very expensive. He actually gets close to 30 mpg on the highway with this vehicle. I wonder how many mpg a Civic with 2-4cyl. engines in it will get. How many moving part will it contain and how much will it pollute? You see HP/liter means absolutely nothing. To judge technology by how complicated and expensive someone can make a machine is ass-backwards. The goal of making a machine is to use the fewest and least expensive parts to perform the same task. A void in the engine block is free.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to see other automakers license this technology instead of trying to reinvent it. I wonder if Advanced VTEC would be equally beneficial to DOHC V8s?
      Wayne Metz
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a civic vx-e equiped engine and I average presently 47mpg consistently. I've looked for something better but no one makes it. I only have 377,000 miles on this vehicle at the moment and hope to reach at least 500,000 before I have to do any extreeme repairs!!! No mfg. can beat this so far and this vehicle is a 1994, Eat your hearts out!!!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Wayne Metz
        presently this vehicle has 440,000 miles and is still running strong! Wayne
      • 8 Years Ago
      HONDA'S HOME RUN:

      I'M CONTINUALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY THAT HONDA HAS CREATED INTENSE SYNERGY BETWEEN MOTORCYCLE AND AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES. AT THE WAY THAT THEY'RE CONTINUING TO GROW AND EXPAND, PLAYING LITTLE MORE THAN SMALL BALL. BUT IT'S HARD TO ARGUE AGAINST HONDA DOING "SMALL" BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET, AND THIS NEW AVTEC ENGINE JUST SERVES TO PROVE THE POINT. THEIR CIVICS AND ACCORDS GET MORE JEWEL-LIKE WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE GENERATION, AND NOW THEY'RE POISED TO MAKE SOME VERY BIG MOVES. STAY TUNED.
      I'M DAN SMITH
      • 8 Years Ago
      jewel like, if you like cubic zirconia.

      Lets see, Valvetronic in the 2007 Mini Cooper base for $20,000 or the 2010 TSX for $30,000
      Mevludin
      • 7 Years Ago
      2008 ALL NEW CIVIC WILL DO 115 MPH
      BECAUSES OF THE SPEED LIMITER
      RPM LIMITED AT 8.000 RPM
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