It's fair to say that in recent years, Honda has been viewed as a laggard when it comes to engine and gearbox development, seemingly missing the boat on direct-injection, forced-induction and high gear-count transmissions, among other things. But under its Earth Dreams banner, the Japanese automaker is showing new vigor, with the latest proof being this trio of just-announced powerplants.

Measuring 1.0-liters, 1.5-liters and 2.0-liters in displacement, this array of three- and four-cylinder engines boasts turbocharging and direct-injection along with the latest iteration of Honda's famed VTEC variable valve timing hardware. "Most suitable for small-to-medium-sized vehicles," the largest engine is said to be good for more than 276 horsepower and will slot into the eagerly awaited Civic Type R, iconic red valve cover and all.

Unfortunately, few other details about the hot Civic's engine or any of the others are being made public at this time, and there's no official word about the engines coming to North American in the Type R or any other model. Given that all the engines are complaint with stringent Euro 6 emissions standards, they figure to be clean enough, and Honda says that these have been developed as global powerplants, so we'd be shocked if they didn't come ashore in new or updated products over the next few years... even if they leave the CTR on the boat.
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Honda Announces All-New VTEC TURBO Engine Series

[19-Nov-2013] Today Honda announced the introduction of three all-new VTEC TURBO engines as part of its growing Earth Dreams Technology range. These new engines come in three capacities; 1 litre, 1.5 litre and 2 litre, and will deliver a dynamic performance, as well as class-leading output and fuel economy.

All three engines will be direct-injection petrol turbos, utilising variable valve motion technology such as Honda's refined VTEC technology. Together with Honda's 1.6 litre diesel engine and hybrid technology, these new turbo engines will be applied on a number of future global models, depending on local market requirements and vehicle characteristics.

Based on a completely new engine structure and utilising its newly developed turbo systems, Honda has downsized its engines and produced a highly efficient 1 litre direct-injection, 3-cyclinder turbo engine as well as a 1.5 litre direct injection, 4-cyclinder turbo engine. Both engines have low friction throughout and are able to achieve class-leading output and environmental performance.

The first VTEC TURBO set to come to Europe will be the high-output 2 litre, direct injection, 4-cyclinder turbo engine, which will appear in the forthcoming Civic Type R. A highly efficient and highly responsive engine, it will have an output in excess of 280ps and will be EURO 6 compliant.


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what would be great, Honda? Sell these things for a reasonable price in a crate.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 2.0t in a CRZ would pretty sweet. Orrrr...the 2.0t and SH-AWD in an ILX! Honda should be paying me for these ideas!
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        2 wheeled menace
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        @audisp0rta4
        Yeah but they're probably going to just put the 1.0T in it, maybe they'll offer a 1.5 as optional... :P
        Enver Eryılmaz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        Ya they would pay you if it was easier being done than said. Its not like they can plop a 2 liter in a whats known as a economics car designed to be a rival to the prius and other hybrids if that was true i would ask for a 5.8 shelby motor in a focus st with awd ...
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      Carfan0893
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      VTEC just kicked in yo!! Or maybe that was that the turbo?
        dukeisduke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carfan0893
        VTEC just kicked in yo, then the turbo just kicked in yo!
      danfred411
      • 1 Year Ago
      why is this on ABG??
      Boshrap
      • 1 Year Ago
      Factory turbo Hondas? What? What year is this? Where am I? The foundations of my world have been shaken.
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        @Boshrap
        Acura RDX. And long before that the Honda Z in Japan.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me guess, we're not getting it....
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        Psyclist
        • 1 Year Ago
        Do you work for Honda? you're trying pretty hard to be their number one fan by the looks of all your posts. I like Honda, had a 92 Accord EX-R 2 Door. loved that car! But dude quit calling people trolls just because they dont subscribe to your #1 Fanboism...Opinions and debate are great to have, brings us greater perspective on topics. Bring the facts, not the hate... In north America, Honda has been lacking for a long time in engine development, good to see they are finally stepping up on the other side of the pond, now how long till they make their way to our market is the question! and in what cars...
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          Brandon
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          @Psyclist
          He calls them trolls because he's always right and everybody with a differing opinion is wrong, am I doing it right Aaron? Is that how you think?
      popotamus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda better get their **** together and bring the Type-R to the US to compete with the Focus ST
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          Brandon
          • 1 Year Ago
          ^^Someone's butthurt.
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          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          No, they really aren't. Especially not in real life, or on a track. The Si is a joke, even with the outrageously overpriced (without installation) HFP package.
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      sixspeedclutchhh
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is wonderful news. That will be one sweet 2 liter.
      Rich M.
      • 1 Year Ago
      now i understand why they're returning to F1 in 2015. as much as i love their NA motors the past 10 to 20yrs. honda needed a change and hopefully this is just starting point of interesting sporty vehicles to come. the 2.0L needs to be in a RWD package whether it be a S2000 successsor or FRS/GT86 type car. me, i'd rather it be a GT86 type vehicle.
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