It’s not “just tuning”, here’s how the all-new Honda Civic Turbo became more powerful

We’re pretty sure you’re aware by now that Honda Malaysia has introduced the all-new 11th generation Honda Civic with three variants available.

You get the base model 1.5 E from RM125,634, 1.5V from RM138,043, and the range-topping RS from RM144,350. Their features may differ from the three variants but they have something in common.

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As Honda Malaysia has stopped offering the 1.8-litre naturally aspirated engine previously available for the lower variants of the previous generation Civic FC, all three variants of the newly launched Civic will be powered by the same 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

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In case you’re wondering, it’s not a new shoe with the same sole design. For Malaysia at least, they’ve squeezed out 182 hp and 240 Nm from the same engine in the previous generation; that’s a 9 hp and 20 Nm increase from before but how did they get that extra power?

In case you’re wondering, it’s not just a matter of tuning or re-mapping the engine but there’s actually some new hardware involved.

During our recent session with the Civic’s Lead Project Leader from Japan, Mr. Tomoyuki Yamagami, we asked how and where the extra power came from and was told that the turbocharger’s components in the new Civic have also been upgraded. No specific details were shared on what these components were; we will update this section as soon as we get further confirmation from Honda Malaysia.

According to Mr. Tomoyuki, the new components not only contribute to additional horsepower but allow the turbocharger to be more responsive. This allows acceleration to not just be quicker but more responsive and instant with reduced lag.

That’s not all. Honda has also made the oil pan more rigid and the engine’s crankshaft thicker to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness while the engine is running.

As to why the 1.8-litre engine was discontinued, we were told that it was due to emission restrictions and that the engine is considered old now. The focus now is to further develop the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine.

Lastly, if you’re unaware, the all-new Civic in Thailand produces a few horsepower less and when asked why by other media representatives, Honda said it was due to the E85 fuel used in Thailand.

Stay tuned for more info on how the all-new Honda Civic has been improved!

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