Honda’s founder Soichiro Honda had a lifelong love affair with automobiles, from working as a mechanic in his younger years to founding the Honda Motor Company, Ltd—and it’s a passion that extends to everyone who has worked or currently works for Honda now. That love affair powers the literal engines that drive everything the brand sells, including cars, aircrafts, motorcycles, and other powered equipment. Read on as we take a look at some of the past and present engines that power Honda vehicles (and beyond).
When Honda introduced their B-Series in the 1985 European-production Prelude, they presumably had no idea the effect it would have on the automotive world. Finding its way overseas and into American production vehicles, the Prelude and Integra, the Honda B-Series engine was not the first DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam) I4 (Inline-4 cylinder) engine that Honda produced, but it was the first VTEC engine Honda released. VTEC, which is a lot easier than saying “Variable Valve Timing & Life Electronic Control,” was an engine developed by Honda Motor Company, Ltd that allowed a four-stroke internal combustion engine to perform with far greater efficiency. This meant that while it was a relatively easy engine to look after (not to mention one with great longevity), it was capable of providing amazing performance at high RPMs and fuel efficient performance at lower RPMs. This made the engine a popular one in the automotive enthusiast world, and was a major catalyst in Honda becoming a player in the car-modification scene. The VTEC engine, as well as an iVTEC, can be found on Hondas still in production today, like the 2019 Honda Civic Type R.
The Engines of Tomorrow… Today!
Honda has a sterling reputation as a company that produces vehicles both efficient and long-lasting. A major factor in this is the engines they use. With a vehicle lineup that spans nearly a dozen cars, including hybrids and electrics, and six different trucks, SUVs, and minivans, that means their engines need to be up to the task. The Honda Fit, for example, utilizes a 1.5-litre, 16-valve Direct Injection DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, which helps the sub-compact zip through congested urban traffic quickly. Various models of the Civic and Accord offer both the 1.5-litre, as well as 2.0-litre version of the engine, which helps provide generous power to the larger and heavier vehicles, whereas Honda’s Ridgeline offers a 3.5-litre, 24-valve Direct Injection SOHC i-VTEC V6 in order to provide the truck with enough payload and towing power to be at home with any other truck on the job site. Thanks to efficient engineering, Hondas are capable of tackling any roads and any tasks with aplomb.
In addition to the engines that power the automobiles of the Honda Motor Company, Ltd, Honda engineers are carrying on Soichiro Honda’s legacy via jet engines, fully electric automated vehicles, and even technology to help those with restricted mobility. Of course, they’ll never forget their roots, and Honda automobile engines will continue their legacy of longevity, efficiency, and most of all, fun. If you want to learn more about the engines found in today’s Honda vehicles, come by Alberta Honda and talk to a member of our friendly sales staff.