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"You've got to have the right tool for the job." "You can't bring a knife to a gun-fight." Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. We've heard it all before. Honda makes some excellent engines, there's no doubt about that, from small displacement four-pots that rev through the roof to gloriously smooth and reliable V6 units. Unfortunately, the fun stops there, as the Japanese automaker has steadfastly stuck to its guns, not building an eight-cylinder engine when it can do just as well with fewer pistons.

Regardless of how competent its six may be, nearly all of Honda's competitors offer V8 engines in their top-level models, and Acura fanatics have been begging for a range-topper to compete with the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz for years. They may soon get their wish, as Honda's CEO Takeo Fukui has stated once and for all that Acura will indeed be getting an eight for its next top-level sedan.

What good is a beefy engine if you can't get the power to the ground? A big, heavy V8 engine over the front tires is a recipe for a horribly unbalanced front-driver, and Honda realizes this. So expect the aforementioned sedan to get rear-wheel-drive to go along with its newfound infusion of displacement. When? Not until 2015 according to some industry sources. That's a veritable eternity in the auto biz, so we have to wonder if Fukui has let the cat out of the bag a bit prematurely.

[Source: Auto Observer]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda is the last of the Asians to finally give in to the V8. Hyundai's 4.6 Tau (and the Genesis they put it in) 8 years ahead of Honda says a great deal about Honda's complacency.

      Complacency in Japanese is spelled A-C-U-R-A.

      Arguments about V8 gas guzzlers can best be dispelled by Genesis owners forums reporting they are achieving 28 highway with their 375 hp Genesi.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm bored of Honda, they promise all these big powerful engines that other manufactures have been producing for decades.

      Why is everyone so excited? Here in Australia, want a reasonably priced, well built, extremely powerful sedan, buy a SS Commodore or XR6 Turbo Falcon. I have the feeling both would run rings about the Honda anyway.

      Sorry Honda, just not interested, other manufacturers have been able to build interesting engines for decades, you know you are clutching at straws when you call a 300hp 6 cylinder motor the "most powerful engine we've ever built"
        David Keo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Engine Type Honda RA003E V10 Configuration V10, naturally aspirated Displacement 3.0 litres Valvetrain system: 4 valves per cylinder; pneumatic valve system Injection: Honda PGM-F1 Ignition: Honda PGM-IG Spark PIugs: NGK RPM: In excess of 18,000 Throttle: EIectro Hydraulic Block: AIuminium Cooling system Air/Oil - Air/Water radiators Horsepower: In excess of 800 bhp Engine management Honda (Japan) Source: http://www.allf1.info/teams/bar.php
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hah, 2015 is just in time for the new NSX. Being Honda they will test this engine for ten years and release it just in time to be about ten years too late.
      • 6 Years Ago

      They should have done it in the 1990's itself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm somewhat surprised by the lack of excitement in the comments. A v8 based on an evolved k20 would be amazing! Small displacement, high revving engines tend to be more responsive, controllable and thrilling to drive. I am willing to trade a bit of torque for a 9K redline and less weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is true, will the new NSX also have to wait until 2015? I'm all for taking the time to develop the best technology possible but this is a little much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda can build an NSX without a V8.

        Perhaps Honda is preparing to enter the fullsize pickup truck wars.

        Once Chrysler and GM go belly up, there will be room for a new entry.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda is run by a bunch of girls. They clearly do not understand LUXURY brands. Fukui always puts his foot in his mouth. The NSX was supposed to be at the 2007 tokyo motor show. It didn`t. Acura brand was supposed to start in 2008 in Japan. It didn`t.
      Honda management stinks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      S2000... nuff said
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, totally, because putting a V8 in the M3 made it a much better car. wait. no. no. The M3 taught us putting a V8 in something small, relatively light, and fun, actually waters it down.

        I'd take a high revving or force induction v6 in a car like the S2000 over a v8 any day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Civic :P

        That would be awesome if they did put a more powerful engine in the S2K, or the upcoming S3K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you want torque, then you want a diesel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No no no, the reason a V8 is wanted is because we want cars WITH torque, not WITHOUT as in the case of the S2000.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This article is actually false but who knows whats going to happen. They seemed very interested in a v8 and there are some TSX mules with a big engine and RWD proportions.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Honda take on the challenge of building a V 8 it will be fuel efficient and offer sizzling performance. It is always good to see a company take a challenge on and do something exceptional. And its never too late to try this.

      Come on, Acura!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some will argue that V-8's are on the way out (albeit slowly), but my goodness...2015? Will it really matter then? So the biggest question is where are the forced induction engines for these types of cars? TT V-6's and the like?

      Acura uses that wonderful turbo four in the RDX, but that's it. Yes, the mileage ain't great in the RDX but what if you put it in a Civic Si? Is that engine too exclusive for "regular" Hondas. Probably, since the TSX is supposedly getting a diesel engine first.
      Oh crap, rambling again. I can't stop.

      The lack of V-8's and forced induction anything really only tells me they like to stay in the whatever-you-call "super ultra low emissions" (only guessing here) and gas mileage. Not a bad thing at all, but who would've thought the Koreans would come out with a V-8 before Honda?

      Don't get me started on RWD....Infinity/BMW for me and many others. No "power plenum" grills on either of those superior cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. The GS-R engine is a near classic and coveted by car thieves. Perhaps a better example for me to use would be the new TSX getting bigger and heavier but no RDX engine. Wouldn't it be perfect for that car?

        Anywho, I used the current Civic Si as an example because when you compare to the rest of the segment (MazdaSpeed3, Golf GTI, the almighty Cobalt SS), it just lacks the value and overall performance in comparison. If you put the turbo-4 in there it would be right back in the fight.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the old Integra GS-R engine was plenty for a Civic. A 1.8 or 2.0 liter 8250rpm engine can produce 200HP and gets better mpg than a turbo when not flogged.
        • 6 Years Ago
        By 2015 the state of the art for performance cars maybe a torque monster electric motor that seamlessly moves the car from 0 to whatever with no muss and no fuss. Leaving Acura behind again
        • 6 Years Ago
        @aaron,

        "The lack of V-8's and forced induction anything really only tells me they like to stay in the whatever-you-call "super ultra low emissions"..."

        Just so you know, Lexus' LS600h uses a V8, albeit-mated to a hybrid, and achieves a SULEV (super ultra low emission vehicle) rating. Acura originally put together a V8 and rear wheel drive RL prior to this current generation, as an evaluation test. The test went well, but the project got shelved. At the time, Acura's V6 was still a completely viable alternative to the engines on the market. The FWD chassis have always been what's held Acura back more than the number cylinders. IMHO, that's more important than the V8.

        Still, Fukui should stick to Honda and allow someone else to manage Acura from the top down. Honda brass has been holding Acura back for nearly 15 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      who cares ???


      How long does it honestly takes to make a damn V8 ???
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