The new engines use direct injection and double-overhead cams to offer up to 10 percent more fuel economy, as well as 5 percent more power. The 4-cylinder engines gain a new VTEC arrangement with an Atkinson cycle, lower load cam and extensive friction reduction technologies. One V6 will offered, which will net an estimated power output of 310 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
The Earth Dreams engine lineup will debut in the new Accord this fall, and will be mated to a CVT transmission. Honda is sticking in CVTs across its lineup of volume consumer cars, but the brands performance cars and off-road vehicles will retain regular geared transmissions.