The new Honda VTEC turbo engine

Honda VTEC engine

For a lot of car enthusiasts growing up in the 80s and 90s, the word VTEC was synonymous with high-performance engines from renowned Japanese manufacturer, Honda.

While there were many versions of VTEC that operated in different ways, the base principle was the same: it allowed Honda to have an engine with variable cam timing (and in some cases, duration and lift) in order to maximize efficiency at the low end without sacrificing performance up top.

For decades, Honda was adamant about staying away from forced induction. They felt that the naturally aspirated form still had some ways to go in terms of development. But moving forward Honda have realised that the only way to keep up with tightening emissions and efficiency regulations, as well as to cater to shifting consumer demands, is to adopt forced induction.