Honda’s B Series Civic Can Make 1,000 Horsepower | MotorBiscuit

Contrary to popular muscle-car-bound belief, there absolutely is a replacement for displacement. It’s called boost. A boosted four-cylinder doesn’t have nearly the same bellowed grunt as a V8, but some of them are capable of horsepower numbers big enough to shut down the naysayers. It’s not exactly unheardof either. BMW made F1’s most powerful engine ever in the early 1980s, when it built the legendary M12. It was a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four which, while in qualifying trim, could make 1,400 horsepower. That means, with proper modifications of course, that the B series is on F1 levels of power.

What is the B Series?

Honda introduced the B-series engine in 1988 as a performance engine and brought VTEC into the world. The B series used an aluminum block with cast aluminum heads, had an open deck and at its production peak made 200 horsepower. The B-series had several variants in 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-liter displacements, and depending on its variant could have up to 11:1 compression. 

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