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Development of i-VTEC Gasoline Engine for 2008 Model Year Honda FIT

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.20 No.1


Lightweight, compact 1.3-L and 1.5-L 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engines were developed that achieve a balance of environmental performance (low fuel consumption, low exhaust emissions) and high output. The 1.3-L model employs a 4-valve cylinder head, VTEC that operates with one intake valve inactive for rapid combustion, and friction reduction technology.
As a result, it achieves 24-km/L fuel consumption in 10-15 mode as well as high power with 73 kW of maximum output and 127 Nm of maximum torque. The 1.5-L model has a high-output VTEC for a maximum output of 88 kW and maximum torque of 145 Nm, the same friction reduction technology as that of the 1.3-L model, and achieves 19.6 km/L fuel consumption in 10-15 mode. The technology for low exhaust emissions includes a close-coupled catalyst, high-accuracy adaptive air-fuel control, and a cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, the same as that employed in the CIVIC. As a result, using the 10-15 and JC08C mode, the engines to be used in all 2008 FIT models have achieved an emissions level 75% below the level required by Japanese 2005 regulations.


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Author (organization or company)

Ryutaro TAGISHI(Automobile R&D Center)、Tsutomu SATO(Automobile R&D Center)、Hiroshi KAWAGUCHI(Automobile R&D Center)、Yoshiharu HAGIWARA(Automobile R&D Center)

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