That’s right folks, Honda’s turbocharging the all-new model year 2018 with a new 2.0-liter direct injection turbo-four. In a recent event held at Honda’s R&D facility in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, I got a taste not only of the new engine but also the similarly-fresh 10-speed automatic transmission the automaker has been working on. The fun didn’t stop there: wrapped up inside a Civic test mule was the Accord’s other engine option, a 1.5-liter turbo-four CVT, waiting for me to take it on a couple of laps at the proving grounds.
“One thing’s for sure, camouflage tape doesn’t last long at speeds above 125 mph,” we joked the first time we saw a Honda engineer run over to patch up the gap on the test car. It’s not often that you’re offered the opportunity to sample an early prototype from this stage in the development process. It’s even rarer to get permission to throw it around as you please on the track.
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