An excellent all-around midsize sedan is Honda's Accord. It's also oh-so-mainstream, and even though the Accord is actually quite sweet to drive, the sportiest version you can buy, it's named, um, the –Sport- isn't exactly a BMW – chaser, as well. The Accord Sport wears visual dress-up bits and unlocks the lineup's only available manual transmission option, instead. Than, what would a harder-core Accord look like, so we imagine a little something like this, a 350-hp-plus Honda Accord Type R. interested is it?
A spokesman for the company dodged comment, so, we have no idea whether or not Honda is working on such an Accord Type R. It isn't but allow us to make the case for why Honda should be working on one. So, Honda's fan club is a fervent bunch, they eventually age, like all of us. Their automotive needs will grow beyond Honda's dwindling supply of fig leaves to driving enthusiasts, which now includes only Si and Type R models, the compact Civic lineup's. However, no one wants to grow up and leave fun behind, so an Accord Type R would give Honda die-hards a performance model to step up to when the time comes to set down their wildly winged, flagrant-looking Civic Type Rs and slammed S2000 roadsters, as well. An Accord Type R would be an incredibly straightforward thing for Honda to produce, besides.
Doug Macmillan says, the company already has most of the components needed to transform the Accord accordingly, one of the founders of Honda tuner Hondata. Immediately Doug nixed our assumption that a Honda Accord Type R would simply borrow the current Civic Type R's mighty 306-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. That engine should and does bolt right in, given how it's loosely related to the Accord's optional 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, its sensor package and computer are German, Doug says. Has a Japanese wiring harness, the stock, American-built Accord. The German-speaking Type R engine doesn't play nicely together with the Accord's Japanese computer, we're told, and any efforts to make them would be colossally money-intensive and time-consuming. Far, far easier to bolt on the Civic Type R turbo and other go fast bits and pieces and go from there, it’s as Doug told us. If it were to undertake such a project, skipping the Civic Type R engine, then, seems like the path Honda would take in creating the Accord Type R. Running a computer tune and premium fuel—the stock Accord recommends regular as the minimum grade and bolting on the Civic Type R's turbocharger in place of the stock unit nets an extra 60 horsepower from the Accord's 2.0T engine, per Honda. Go nuts with intake and exhaust bolt-ons, and there's even more power to be found, that brings output up to around 312 horsepower. He's seen one earnestly modified Accord 2.0T engine with flex-fuel capability, Doug says, it can run higher ethanol-gasoline blends, put down over 400 ponies, as well. To dealer-salable (and warranty-able) levels, and you'd be looking at around 350 horsepower or so for a would-be Honda Accord Type R using a lightly upgraded, Accord-spec 2.0-liter engine, dial the crazy down.
To fully earn Honda's Type R badge, the Accord would need some extra visual sizzle, as you can see in our exclusive renderings here, plus suspension, tire, and brake upgrades, of course. Although Doug from Honda notes that their modified Accords are quicker when equipped with the available 10-speed automatic, we'd implore Honda to keep the Accord Sport's optional six-speed manual transmission.
So, Figure on a price of around $40,000 for this potential Honda –b adged sport sedan, provided Honda is listening and gets to work creating it. Get to it, Honda, which buy the way