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Car reviews - Honda - Insight - 3-dr hatch

Engine

Honda logo19 Jun 2001

By BRUCE NEWTON

THE Insight's primary power source is a 1.0-litre 12-valve inline three-cylinder engine that features a new variation of Honda's renowned VTEC variable valve timing system and achieves ULEV (ultra-low emissions vehicle) status. Additional power assistance under certain conditions is provided by a 10kW electric motor - see the Electric Systems section for more information. Requiring premium unleaded, the petrol engine produces 56kW at 5700rpm and 113Nm at 1500rpm. Claimed fuel consumption is an outstanding 3.6L/100km on the city cycle and a miserly 2.8L/100km on the highway.

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The Insight's petrol engine is built with lightweight materials such as aluminium, magnesium and plastic, and weights just 56kg. At launch, Honda claimed that made it the smallest and lightest 1.0-litre production petrol engine in the world

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