Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has newly developed the VTEC TURBO, a direct injection gasoline turbo engine that is suitable for small-to-medium-sized vehicles.
Honda explained the VTEC TURBO is a new addition to the Earth Dreams Technology, the company’s next-generation powertrain technologies which aim to achieve both the fun of driving and excellent fuel economy at a high level.
With the application of variable valve motion technology such as Honda’s VTEC along with direct injection turbocharging with highly-fluidized combustion and a thorough reduction in engine friction, Honda said this engine achieves class-leading output and environmental performance, while downsizing engine displacement.
Per Honda, along with existing hybrid technology and diesel engine, the VTEC TURBO that features displacement size variation of 2.0 L, 1.5 L and 1.0 L will be adopted by Honda’s future global models in accordance with characteristics of each model and needs of local customers.
Honda revealed the following about the lineup of direct injection gasoline turbo engines:
– 2.0 L 4-cylinder direct injection gasoline turbo engine (pictured with red head cover)
Honda describes this new engine as having a high output and high response achieved by VTEC, a high-output turbocharger, direct injection technology, and a high-performance cooling system. This high-performance engine provides 280 horsepower as well as high environmental performance that complies with the EURO 6 European emission standards which will become effective in 2014.
– 1.5 L 4-cylinder direct injection gasoline turbo engine and 1.0 L 3-cylinder direct injection gasoline turbo engine (pictured with black head cover)
Honda said these are next-generation compact engines that combine a base engine with a newly designed framework, the VTEC variable valve train system with thoroughly reduced friction, a turbocharger with a low moment of inertia and high responsiveness, and direct injection technology to achieve good balance between high output and torque, above those of conventional naturally-aspirated engines, along with excellent fuel economy.
Honda will reveal at a later date which models will be powered by these new engines.