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So, what are the details?
The engine code for this new platform is dubbed the K20C1 and of course, it’s turbocharged. Honda quotes 306 horsepower and a very healthy 295 lb-ft of torque. While the power is great, it’s the torque figure that warrants attention. Modern turbocharged engines tend to make peak torque low these days which will make for a great power band.
Available to the general public the engine costs approximately $6,500. Not a bad price when you consider the power, torque and light weight of a turbocharged 4 banger. It’s compact too which should make it a desirable, but more on that later.
According to Honda, the power plant is to be used for “U.S. racers for closed course racing applications.” Hmm, sounds like they don’t want anyone running around on the street in one of these. Hey Honda, it’s the United States tuning scene. These motors are going to end up on the road. Anyone who lives in California is certain to be familiar with this. Cough, smog tests, cough.
The most exciting thing about this to me is the aftermarket. Once tuners get their hands on these motors they are sure to make tons and tons of power. it wouldn’t surprise me if we quickly see these engines pushing 600, 700 or even 800 horsepower with E85 or other exotic fuel systems. This leads us to our last point…
K swaps and B swaps have been around since cave paintings. When someone figures out a way to swap this engine into another car we get another cheap and super reliable way to make huge power. Lotus Exige, Mazda Miata, and Ariel Atoms will for sure be running around with these engines which is great for everyone.