Honda's new VTEC turbo heading to the Acura ILX?

Executive comments have inspired speculation of a 300-horsepower sport-tuned ILX.

Honda may already be preparing to bring its four-cylinder VTEC turbocharged engine to the Acura ILX.

Unveiled late last year, the 2016 ILX was introduced with just one powertrain option: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC mill with 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Both the lesser 2.0-liter powerplant and the hybrid package have been dropped from the lineup.

Honda just last month introduced the VTEC Turbo, confirming a 2015 launch but without many specific details. Rumors suggest it will first arrive in the Civic Type-R, potentially with 280 ponies on tap.

When asked if the new "Earth Dreams" engine will make its way to the ILX, Acura product-planning manager declined to make an absolute confirmation but told Car and Driver that "a 2.0-liter turbo is more of a must-have in the luxury world than it is in the mainstream world, so..."

The executive also acknowledged that Acura will continue to get Honda's "best engines," and always tuned to be more powerful. The comments have inspired speculation of a 300-horsepower ILX variant.

ILX fans eager for more power may be disappointed to learn that such an offering is unlikely to arrive before the model is completely redesigned. The 2016 model is already a refresh, making the next-generation's arrival unlikely before 2018.

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