Each year, Wards Auto counts down the 10 Best Engines it came across over the previous 12 months. The publication recently put out its list for 2017, and lo and behold, the Honda Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC K20C1 engine makes an appearance. Wards said the 306 hp turbo motor has a torquey “sweet spot” around 4,000 RPM, and it was also impressed by the impressive observed fuel economy (26 MPG) during spirited driving.
Seeing the Civic Type R’s motor on this list is hardly surprising considering the glowing reviews many publications gave the Type R and its robust performance powertrain. The 2.0-liter is also propped up by the slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, which feeds the engine’s power to the front wheels.
The K20C1 motor is heavily related to the 251 hp K20 2.0-liter turbocharged engine found in the Honda Accord, which Wards said was very close to appearing on its 10 Best list as well. Both motors are apart of the Honda Earth Dreams engine family, but the Accord’s has a slightly smaller turbo than the Civic Type R’s, along with more conservative fuel injectors and less aggressive software tuning. The Accord engine also has a balance shaft for better NVH.
[Source: Wards Auto]
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