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.