Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


View Poll Results: Which engine option would you take with the OHC body ?
Give me the OHC body with the NHC 1.5 engine 3 5.00%
Give me the OHC body with the NHC 1.5 Vtec engine 9 15.00%
Give me the OHC body with OHC 1.3 engine 1 1.67%
Give me the OHC body with OHC 1.5 engine 4 6.67%
Give me the OHC body with OHC 1.5 Vtec engine 37 61.67%
I like the NHC the way it is 6 10.00%
Voters: 60. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11th January 2007, 14:10   #1
Distinguished - BHPian
 
supremeBaleno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Weekdays@Chennai, Weekends@Kerala
Posts: 5,164
Thanked: 1,638 Times
Smile Does the OHC body with the NHC heart appeal to you ?

Like many others on this forum, I have also been a great fan of the OHC. I still love it and admire the well-kept specimens that I see on the roads. However, when I was in the market for a C-segmenter, Honda had already phased it out and replaced it with an ugly looking version of the City (no offense intended to any NHC owners), but with more fuel efficiency, which is a prime factor here.

Seeing the many threads here that talk about the OHC (especially the 1.5 and Vtec versions), I was thinking about a scenario, where the big boys at Honda take inspiration from our forum and decide to bring back the OHC body (the shape, looks etc) with the following engine options.

Option 1 : OHC body with NHC 1.5 engine
Option 2 : OHC body with NHC 1.5 Vtec engine
Option 3 : OHC body with OHC 1.3 engine
Option 4 : OHC body with OHC 1.5 engine
Option 5 : OHC body with OHC 1.5 Vtec engine

Would like to know which of the above combinations appeals most to tbhp-ians ?

I would go for Option 1.
Rationale being that I am not a power freak (I do love the occasional adrenaline surge), do not redline my car, love FE cars and the 76bhp or so put out by the NHC is more than adequate for my needs (city and highway). The looks (or lack of it) was the only thing that put me off and made me go the Baleno way.

EDIT : Oops, I should have had a 6th poll option for those that prefer the NHC as it is now.

Last edited by supremeBaleno : 11th January 2007 at 14:15.
supremeBaleno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 14:22   #2
BHPian
 
sreenivass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Bangalore India
Posts: 872
Thanked: 6 Times
Default 14" alloys on OHC + new VTEC

OHC Body made a little more sturdy and new VTEC + I'd like to have 14" alloys plz.
sreenivass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 14:25   #3
BHPian
 
da MotorHead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 122
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

I love the OHC Vtec.. If it were upto me, NHC would've been brought out as a different model for people aspiring for better fuel efficiency and for the tamed hearts.. No offence anyone.. But then I've always loved cars with long hoods and conventional sleek designs..
da MotorHead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 14:32   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
Dippy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mumbai, India
Posts: 7,269
Thanked: 164 Times
Default

I'll take the OHC with Vtec engine though I'm very happy with my 1.5 non vtec OHC
Dippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 14:36   #5
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,763
Thanked: 89,527 Times
Default

One word : WHY?

To elaborate, the problem with the OHC was never the engine (so why change). And the problem with the NHC was never everything else (so why disregard).

The OHCs time has come and gone. Its time to move on. Atleast from the new car POV.
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 14:43   #6
Distinguished - BHPian
 
supremeBaleno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Weekdays@Chennai, Weekends@Kerala
Posts: 5,164
Thanked: 1,638 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GTO
To elaborate, the problem with the OHC was never the engine (so why change). And the problem with the NHC was never everything else (so why disregard).
GTO, I agree that there was nothing really wrong with the OHC engine. However, the newer engine has its plus points or else Honda would not have taken the trouble to dish out a new one. FE is one area (that I am aware of) where the new engine would better the OHC's engine.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GTO
The OHCs time has come and gone. Its time to move on. Atleast from the new car POV.
Again agree that the old has to make way for the new. However, it does not hurt to have the new one a step better than the one it replaces, does it ? In this case, the looks could have been bettered or atleast an attempt could have been made to avoid the spaceship kind of look.

Moreover, this is just a hypothetical attempt to gauge what we look for in our rides. I don't think Honda is going to go the OHC way.

EDIT : Mods, thanks for adding the 6th option to the poll.

Last edited by supremeBaleno : 11th January 2007 at 14:44.
supremeBaleno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 15:36   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
iraghava's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bhaiyyaland
Posts: 8,028
Thanked: 154 Times
Default

I would still stick to the OHC with the VTEC engine. I neither like the shape nor the engine of the NHC.
iraghava is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 15:56   #8
BHPian
 
Minardi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 408
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

i like the NHC shape. Can i have NHC + OHC 1.5 L engine (presumably more powerful?
Minardi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:05   #9
GTO
Team-BHP Support
 
GTO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 47,763
Thanked: 89,527 Times
Default

Quote:
GTO, I agree that there was nothing really wrong with the OHC engine. However, the newer engine has its plus points or else Honda would not have taken the trouble to dish out a new one. FE is one area (that I am aware of) where the new engine would better the OHC's engine.
The 1.5 regular NHC engine would have certain packaging differences also. Else the OHC 1.3 had identical FE but way better power @ 90BHP. On the other hand, the NHC engine has better driveability. Pretty even situation if you ask me...and not necessarily one engine being better than the other.

Quote:
However, it does not hurt to have the new one a step better than the one it replaces, does it ?
On the contrary, the new one is milestones ahead of the older one. Except for shape. But in terms of structural rigidity etc., it is leagues ahead.
GTO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:15   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
esteem_lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Madras/Py
Posts: 7,554
Thanked: 445 Times
Default

SB, i dont think your 3rd option will get any votes here, not saying that is not a good car, but considering the options it is difficult to vote for it. i will take the OHC with the Vtech anyday.
esteem_lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:23   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
msdivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,445
Thanked: 838 Times
Default

I would pick option 6 for city and option 5 for highway.
msdivy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:25   #12
Distinguished - BHPian
 
supremeBaleno's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Weekdays@Chennai, Weekends@Kerala
Posts: 5,164
Thanked: 1,638 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esteem_lover
SB, i dont think your 3rd option will get any votes here, not saying that is not a good car, but considering the options it is difficult to vote for it. i will take the OHC with the Vtech anyday.
Yeah, I agree. However, given its specs (90bhp, good looks and good FE), it would be surprising if it did not have any fans here. If the NHC (the FE engine part of it, that is) was not in the picture, I would have plumped for the OHC1.3. IMO, it's a pocket rocket in its own right - like the Esteem.

Last edited by supremeBaleno : 11th January 2007 at 16:26.
supremeBaleno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:26   #13
Team-BHP Support
 
moralfibre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: MH-12
Posts: 6,625
Thanked: 6,150 Times
Default

I prefer the OHC with the OHC 1.5 VTEC engine.
moralfibre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 16:27   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
Surprise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Chennai
Posts: 2,299
Thanked: 129 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by esteem_lover View Post
SB, i dont think your 3rd option will get any votes here, not saying that is not a good car, but considering the options it is difficult to vote for it. i will take the OHC with the Vtech anyday.

Why not? For the one who expects max return on FE, live with a car that has excellent looks & decent performance
Surprise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th January 2007, 17:30   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
narayan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 2,773
Thanked: 1,168 Times
Default

how about this .....

a NHC body with a OHC 1.3 engine ?.... i think this would have effectively killed the ACCENT, IKON, FIESTA, AVEO, and whatever else that sells in this segment,.....
narayan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heart over mind... ANHC wins the heart... raghu230506 Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 213 13th December 2016 11:43
An Appeal !! - Safeguarding the interest of motorists ac 427 Shifting gears 0 9th April 2007 12:32
My Intro, and an honest appeal/attempt for more dicipline on Roads... Deepak.sriram Introduce yourself 10 23rd March 2006 11:08
new honda city lacks appeal good for family, anshumanbishnoi The Indian Car Scene 12 27th April 2004 03:44


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 17:00.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks