No matter how many years go by, whether we work mostly on European made cars or not. There is still a little bit of our Japanese self that comes out every time we get cars from the Land of the Rising Sun. The different perspective Japanese car makers have brings a different dimension to cars’ evolution and development. Just a glimpse of how different the designers think there: the diesel tank is located in the middle of the car, rather than in the back, under the trunk.
We really like the looks of this Honda Civic FK3 1.6 i-DTEC. Even the instrument cluster looks amazing. But we like its engine even better. Do you think it was heresy for Honda to install a diesel engine on a Civic? You are not alone, we think so too. But if we are all going to automotive hell because of their choice, we might as well go gloriously. It will be much less of a sin with 160bhp than 120bhp.
Completely stock on our dyno it measured 126hp and 247 ft*lbs of torque. A custom #etuners stage1 remap was installed and the power rose to almost 157hp with 294 ft*lbs of torque. That is a healthy +30hp from stock from 2500rpm up to 4500 rpm.
- #Etuners Stage 1 ECU remap
- Maximum flywheel power 155.6hp(measured 126.4hp stock), gains 29.2hp
- Maximum flywheel torque 294.2ft-lbs(measured 247.1ft-lbs stock), gains 47.1ft-lbs