Honda is the last bastion of naturally aspirated engines, its sweet VTEC units staying resolutely unturbo’d.
That started to change this year when the new Civic Type R was launched with a searing 2.0-litre turbo motor producing 306bhp. Honda has now announced that the move towards turbo engines will continue when the 10th-generation Honda Civic arrives in Europe in 2017.
The next-gen Civic is a big deal for Honda as it is the first ‘universal’ Civic in 20 years – Europe and America have had different versions, recently completely different, while Asia gets a combination of the two.
Civic Mk10 goes on sale in saloon form (pictured) in the USA early next year and has already received good reviews, including the 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engine we will get in Europe. In America it produces 172bhp and 162lb/ft of toque, enough for a brisk 0-60mph sprint of under seven seconds.
Also joining the line-up will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit, producing around 130bhp and 150lb/ft of torque. Both engines are based on a completely new architecture, with a highly responsive turbo and direct injection.
Honda promises “class-leading output and environmental performance.”
We will probably just get the five-door hatchback version of the new Civic in the UK – saloon and coupe bodies will be available elsewhere – which will be built exclusively in Swindon for all markets. Honda is investing €270 million (£195 million) at the plant to prepare facilities for the model.
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By Only Motors