This engine delivers exhilarating acceleration while operating with excellent efficiency.
All Civic Hatchback trims except the Type R offer efficient, powerful performance from this engine.
In addition to the intercooled turbo, this EarthDreams® Technology powerplant features direct injection and Variable Timing Control (VTC) on both camshafts.
Instead of employing VTEC to spread torque throughout the rpm range, it uses the torque-expanding benefits of turbocharging.
Thanks to careful tuning and use of a relatively small-diameter turbine wheel, Honda’s version of the forced-induction engine exhibits negligible turbo lag—a phenomenon that bedevils many of its turbocharged competitors—so response to the throttle is quick.
Drivers will appreciate impressive horsepower output: 174 in most trims, and 180 for Sport and Sport Touring Hatchback models when using premium unleaded fuel.
Torque production is admirable as well, ranging from 162 lb-ft to 177 lb-ft, depending on the model.
Plus, that torque peak starts low and stays strong a long time as the revs rise, for a sustained blast of acceleration.
Perhaps most remarkable of all, this engine can provide all that exhilaration while receiving excellent EPA fuel-economy ratings.