The Acura ILX recently received a much needed power boost but a new report is indicating the car could eventually offer a turbocharged engine.
Speaking to Car & Driver, Acura product planner Gary Robinson hinted the model could gain a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the future. Robinson was coy on specifics but said "Acura is always going to get the best engines Honda makes" and "... a 2.0-liter turbo is more of a must-have in the luxury world than it is in the mainstream world."
Honda has been relatively tip-lipped about their upcoming VTEC Turbo engines but they will be introduced later this year and be built at the company's plant in Anna, Ohio. There's no word on specifications but the magazine is reporting one of the engines could produce more than 300 bhp (223 kW).
Unfortunately, a high-performance ILX is likely a ways off as Robinson suggested the model would need to be reengineered to accommodate the turbocharged engine. This likely means the engine won't be offered in the ILX until the next-generation model arrives later this decade.