Honda Is Planning An Entire Family Of Turbo Engines With VTEC, Yo

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File this under things I never thought I'd have to say, but the Honda and Acura lineup could use a serious injection of fun. The 2016 NSX and new Honda Civic Type R are good starts, even if we may not get the latter in America. What we can expect is more turbo engines across the lineup, complete with VTEC.



Our friends at Road & Track report that Honda is going heavy on turbocharging soon, much like most other automakers seem to be doing. They're investing $340 million in their Anna, Ohio plant for upgrades and another production line to roll out a new family of turbo four-cylinder engines.

Honda won't say yet which cars will get these engines, or how much power they'll put out, put at least 276 horsepower is expected from the new Civic Type R, which really should be sold in America, have I said that yet? I suspect we'll see these new engines in both high performance and more normal variants, much like Ford and Hyundai have done.

Even if we don't get the Civic Type R, and we should, it would be nice to see the Civic Si get some turbo power so it can become competitive in that segment again. Maybe there's hope for Honda yet.



OK, let's number these points:

1. I hope these new turbo engines aren't on the NSX-release timeline. I'll be able to afford a used GT by then.

2. They will probably not bring the euro type-R here. I wish they would. But emissions and cost (possibly safety requirements, I don't know) seem to be the prohibitive factor

3. For the love of all that is automotive, please keep offering SOMETHING with a manual transmission. I would hate to see them bring over something absolutely awesome — then not offer it in manual. I don't care how many horsepowers it has — I'm not giving up my K20 6spd manual for anything less than manual (historically, I can be swayed).

4. What's so hard about making an AWD platform? I agree with another poster — give us something Acura branded that has AWD. I believe the new business model at Acura is to migrate to exclusive AWD vehicles. We will see.

5. What's so hard about giving me a 5-door wagon or hatch that isn't the fit? Or is the fit, but with more Si (sport-injected)?

That's all.