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For now, Honda is keeping the Accord 2.0T’s horsepower and torque ratings under wraps, but the company promises both better acceleration times and better fuel economy than the current V6/6AT Accord (21 city, 33 highway).
The Accord’s 2-liter turbo is identical to that in the forthcoming Civic Type R, save some trimmings and tuning. It has two chain-driven cams, full variable valve timing, one single-scroll turbo with an electric wastegate and an air-to-air charge cooler. Its exhaust manifold is cast into the cylinder head and the engine is loaded with heat-mitigating features, including coolant passages between the bores, sodium-filled exhaust valves and new piston-cooling measures. Honda engineers say it’s substantially lighter than the Accord’s current 3.5-liter V6, but they won’t say precisely how much. The company’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio, will be the sole source of 2.0T production for applications around the world.
An identical long block generates 306 hp and 295 lb-ft in the Civic Type R, which recently set a front-drive lap record at the Nurburgring. Honda’s 2.0T will certainly be de-tuned for the Accord, but it will also add things to deliver the refinement expected in a midsize sedan, including a balance shaft and different engine mounts. It will also pipe digitalized engine sounds into the Accord’s cabin