2002 Honda Odyssey -- Drivetrain update

8/1/2001 4:09:02 PM

2002 Honda Odyssey Drivetrain

The Odyssey's 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 now produces 240-horsepower and 242-lb.-ft. of torque on regular unleaded fuel (an increase from 210 horsepower and 229-lb.-ft. of torque for the 2001 model on premium fuel). This increase results in quicker acceleration and improved drivability. The increased power is achieved with improved high-flow intake and exhaust components, a new 6-piece intake manifold, larger bore throttle body (55mm to 64mm), a 3-rocker VTEC system (previously 2-rocker VTEC system), increased diameter intake and exhaust valves and a 10.0:1 compression ratio (previously 9.4:1).

The 3-rocker VTEC system expands horsepower and torque capability by adding increased throttle response at low engine speeds and top-end power at higher engine speeds. Horsepower peaks at 5,500 RPM and torque peaks at 4,500 RPM. Even with the power increases, the 2002 Odyssey is projected to maintain its best-in-class overall fuel economy as well as its 50-state LEV emissions rating. Regular unleaded fuel meets the octane requirements for the engine's increased horsepower and compression ratio (10.0:1) thanks to a highly sensitive engine knock sensor that prevents pre-detonation in the cylinder chambers.

In another first for a minivan, the Odyssey's new 5-speed automatic transmission (upgraded from a 4-speed) combines smooth and quick gear changes with wider ratios for an excellent combination of sportiness and fuel economy. Aided by a sophisticated 16-bit, 20 Mhz transaxle CPU, an active lock-up torque converter, a low friction lubrication system, an efficient one-way clutch and Honda's Grade Logic Control system, the new transmission delivers the highest possible levels of performance, fuel economy and shift quality in an automatic transmission. Additionally, the creative use of the transmission's third gear also acts as the idle gear to provide five forward speeds at about the same weight and size as a typical four speed.