Honda creates new 120-hp 1.6 liter diesel, hopes it’ll give V-dub sleepless nights

Honda says that it finally has a diesel engine that should worry its European competitors. Setting the Volkswagen Group diesel engine as a benchmark, Honda says that it has built a new 120-hp 1.6 liter diesel engine that can produce a strong 221 lb-ft while emitting a CO2 level of less than 100 grams per kilometer.

The engine, which weighs in at 396 pounds, is going to be the lightest engine in its class.

When asked whether he hopes the new diesel engine will put some pressure on V-dub, Honda engineer Junji Yamano said through an interpreter: “It is good if they have some sleepless nights because we have had sleepless nights” trying to develop a diesel that can compete against theirs.

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The engine will make its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and will first be offered in the 9th generation Civic in early 2013. It will be produced at Honda’s Swindon, England factory.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews