Honda's J35: Unlocking the Performance Behind This V6

Honda's J35: Unlocking the Performance Behind This V6 

Welcome engine enthusiasts, especially those who want to learn more about JDM engines! Today, we'll tackle an important and interesting topic - Honda's J35 engine. The J series is one of Honda's most popular engine platforms, and the J35 engine has earned its place in the Honda family of engines. In this article, we'll uncover what makes this V6 engine special, some of its most notable features, and how you can optimize the performance of your J35. Let's get started!

The Engine Specifications of J35

The J35 engine measures 3.5 liters and has six cylinders. It is capable of producing up to 290 horsepower and over 250 lb-ft of torque. Precisely, the specs vary slightly due to the different variants of J35 engines found in vehicles across Honda's brands like the Acura RLX, Acura TLX, Honda Accord, Pilot, Ridgeline, Odyssey, and Elysion. In some applications, the engine is naturally aspirated, while in some Acura models, it is supercharged. The J35's compression ratio ranges from 10:1 to 11.5:1, which helps it achieve both power and efficiency.

The Components of J35

The J35's architecture is made up of the block, head, and pistons, which plays a significant role in its overall performance. The J35 is fitted with a high-strength block, overhead camshaft valvetrain with four valves per cylinder, and an aluminum alloy VTEC cylinder head. J35's pistons wheels are designed from aluminum, and they're cooled by jets of oil to allow them to last longer.

The J35's Advanced Features and Capabilities

As with any Honda engine, the J35 engine is engineered with the latest cutting-edge technologies. The J35 engine uses the VTEC variable valve timing system, which enhances the engine's low-end torque and top-end power by optimizing air/fuel mixture and increasing fuel efficiency. The J35 engine also has a fully active engine mount and an Active Control Engine Mount system that minimizes NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) from the powertrain. The engine is designed to allow fast idling (optimized camshaft alignment), thus minimizing fuel consumption while idle.

Tuning Your J35 for Better Performance

As a J35 owner, you can get more power and performance from your engine through various tuning options like an ECU reflash, cold air intake, high-flow exhaust headers, and a high-performance catalytic converter. You should also consider investing in lightweight wheels and a performance-focused suspension system.


In conclusion, the J35 engine is a well-engineered masterpiece from Honda. It has the power, torque, and fuel efficiency that every driver could want in a V6 engine. With the J35, you can enjoy high-end power on the race track or your daily commute to work. By exploring different tuning options, you can unlock its full performance potential and enjoy a better driving experience. Check out our stock of J35 engines to enhance your Honda or Acura today!