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Next-Gen Honda Accord Getting the Fast-Beating Heart of a Civic Type-R

Nudging 120 into a banked oval.

by on Jun.09, 2017

A heavily camouflaged version of the 2018 Honda Accord due in production later this year.

The Shinkansen, Japan’s lightning-fast bullet train, has nothing on us.

As we rocket down the back straight, the heavily camouflaged 2018 Honda Accord quickly hits triple digits and keeps on climbing…110, 120. At that point, it’s time to take our eyes off the instrument cluster as we rise to the upper lane of the steeply banked oval at the Honda Proving Ground in Haga, Japan. As we come out the other side, we’re clocking bullet train speeds.

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Those who think of the Honda Accord as a competent, albeit staid, midsize sedan or coupe could be in for a big surprise when the 10th-generation model hits showrooms later this year. All the more surprising, the added performance comes at the same time that Honda abandons the V-6 option long offered on the Accord line.


Toyota Turning to Turbos

Maker offers alternative to its hybrid line.

by on Apr.06, 2015

Toyota is doubling its turbo engine line-up. The 8NR-FTS powertrain is the latest addition.

Perhaps best known for its dependence on hybrid powertrains, Toyota Motor Co. is also planning a big push into turbo power, the maker announced today.

The announcement echoes moves by a wide variety of other manufacturers – with industry observers anticipating a majority of the world’s gas- and diesel-powered vehicles will use turbocharging to deliver more power and improved mileage within the next decade.

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“Despite the success of hybrids, Toyota is aware that vehicles with conventional powertrains still represent the majority of vehicles sold,” said the maker in a statement out of Japan. “By constantly increasing environmental performance across its entire vehicle lineup, Toyota aims to offer a portfolio of environment-friendly vehicles that meet the diverse needs of consumers.”


Honda Emphasizing Turbocharging, Engine Downsizing

CVTs, new 8-speed DCT play major role; U.S. diesel not a priority.

by on Nov.19, 2013

Honda has big plans for its three new turbo engine packages, including a 2.0-liter I-4 that will go into Europe's Civic Type R for 2015.

As its middle name was meant to attest, Honda Motor Co. has always put a premium on powertrain technology – though until recently, it has emphasized naturally aspirated gasoline engines and basic hybrid systems.  But that is changing fast.

Already in the midst of rolling out a trio of new hybrid drivetrains, Honda also is pushing forward with turbocharging, senior company officials announced, during a media tour of the maker’s Tochigi R&D center and corporate headquarters where they showed off three downsized turbo engine packages.  Turbos will soon be used in a wide variety of the maker’s products, from the little Fit all the way up to the new Acura NSX supercar.

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The three new turbo engines will be paired with an assortment of new transmissions, including Honda’s latest CVT and an all-new 8-speed dual clutch, or DCT, being developed to blend the smoothness of an automatic, the performance of a manual and the fuel economy of a CVT.

Along with the launch of the three conventional hybrid systems, the plug-in hybrid now used in the Honda Accord and the battery-electric version of the Fit, Honda powertrain engineers are stretched thin, conceded Tetsuo Iwamura, the Chief Operating Officer for American Honda as well as the COO of Honda Motor’s global automotive operations. That’s one reason why the maker is reluctant, right now, to commit to developing a diesel engine for the U.S. market.


Report: Honda Readying Engine for Possible CR-Z Si or Type R

Automaker said to be working on turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that could power several models.

by on Dec.07, 2010

Could the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid R Concept suggest what a Honda CR-Z Si or Type R might look like?

Fans of the beloved old Honda CRX Si may finally get what they want in its spiritual successor, the CR-Z.

The CR-Z has the look of a third-generation Honda CRX, xx years after Honda stopped selling it.

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Now, Autocar, a British auto enthusiast publication is saying that Honda is working on a new powertrain that trades the current car’s hybrid powertrain for a turbocharged engine. How does a CR-Z Si sound?  Or even a CR-Z Type R.

Autocar says its sources in Japan say Honda is working on a new turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder aimed at replacing the 2.0-liter from the defunct Civic Type R.

Click here to read Autocar’s report.