Small turbo VTEC engines for next Honda Civic

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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