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Development of New V6 3.5L Gasoline Engine for ACURA RLX

Honda has developed a new next-generation 3.5 L V6 gasoline engine using our latest Earth Dreams Technology. The overall design objective for the engine was to reduce CO₂ emissions and provide driving exhilaration. The Earth Dreams Technology concept is to increase fuel economy while reducing emissions. To achieve this and provide an exhilarating driving experience, 3-stage Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) was combined with the Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system. This valve train technology in conjunction with Direct Injection (DI), resulted in dramatic improvements in output (a 3.3% increase) and combined mode fuel economy (20% reduction). Helping to achieve Midsize Luxury Sedan level NV, a new mount system was developed to reduce engine vibrations during three-cylinder-mode operation. In this paper, we will explain the 3-stage VTEC with VCM + DI system, friction reducing technology, and the structure and benefit of the new engine mount system.