This engine delivers exhilarating acceleration while operating with excellent efficiency.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of engines, Honda drew on many resources to create this exceptional powerplant.
In addition to the intercooled turbo, this powerplant features VTEC, direct injection, Variable Timing Control (VTC) on both camshafts and a dual-exhaust system.
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.
Also contributing to greater responsiveness is a lightweight single-mass flywheel.
Driving enthusiasts will appreciate impressive power output: 200 horsepower @ 6000 rpm (SAE net).
Torque production is exciting as well, at 192 lb-ft @ 1800-5000 rpm (SAE net).
Plus, that torque peak starts at a low 1,800 rpm and stays strong as the revs rise to 5,000 rpm, 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.36