When you open the engine hood, you will see its red engine cover and aluminum intake pipe. That engine is the first turbo engine for a Type R model.
It has an inline 4-cylinder 2L direct-injection turbo engine. There have been many vehicles with 2L turbo engines recently, making it the generation for downsized cars. All automakers have already started developing vehicles with 2L turbo engine. Honda started late for this type of car. Was it a delaying tactic?
Consequently, they have already developed a technology that is unique to Honda.
They already applied the VTEC technology in its exhaust valve. They have been making various strategies in increasing the efficiency of less exhaust gas flow rate at low speed driving, which is a turbo engine’s weak point, as they follow the trend of turbo technology nowadays. For example, twin scroll and variable-geometry turbochargers can be applicable to this model. If the turbo will be minimized, it can still release torque when driving at low speed, but it loses its strike when driving at high speed.
Since Honda has VTEC technology, it raises the exhaust valve’s lift at low speed and generates ample exhaust gas, and enables you to control its enhanced pressure at low speed. This can also save fuel consumption.
It outputs a maximum torque of 400Nm with 2,500 to 4,500rpm through the Honda-esque technology. Moreover, it generates a peak power of 310hp at 6,500rpm, and it creates high engine rotation up to 7,000rpm. Such torque can make the wheels spin on dry roads at 3,000rpm.
It adopts a 6-speed manual transmission manufactured by Honda itself. It has quick shifting operation with shorter strokes, but it has very great operability when you clearly know the shifter gate of each gear. Moreover, it is a lightweight compact car.
You also almost couldn’t feel its torque steering (allows steering operation with power), which is indispensable in high-powered FF cars. Through this torque steering, it adopts a dual axis strut, which separates the arm that controls the front suspension’s steering, and the strut (damper). Because of that, its center offset (the distance between the center of the tires and the center of the valves) could be minimized and its dual pinion electric power steering can also be controlled.
Further, its suspension is equipped with a Sachs variable damping system, and when you press the +R button inside the cockpit in addition to the base mode, you can change to another mode when driving in the circuit. It gives off a sporty feeling even in base mode, and its riding comfort is great.
Aside from that, it has such a detailed tuning that it’s difficult to enumerate everything. Nevertheless, the abovementioned are the general details.
Lastly, it is exclusively equipped with Continental SportsContact 6 tires (with a size of 235/35 ZR19). Even though it was driven roughly on the Takasu Proving Ground’s test course, its appearance remained firm, and it showed excellent grip performance and solid hydro performance. Of course, it also has high grip and handling performances on dry roads.
With its equipment efficiency, it can achieve the FF’s fastest time of 7 minutes and 50 seconds on the old course of the NÃ¼rburgring.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)