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Car fans are an attention-grabbing combine. The sheer number of differing tastes is huge, with followers of Kei cars to V8-powered muscle coupes and every little thing in between – you identify it, and there’ll be a loyal following.
While many gravitate in direction of high-end halo choices, there’s an inherent fondness for autos which might be obtainable, enjoyable, and household oriented. The kind of automobiles that you would think about your finest mate, as they’re loyal and dependable, (nicely, except it’s an Alfa).
Honda’s current Accord is one such automotive, a sensible turbocharged sedan that also gives three-peddle enjoyable. Well, that was the case till lately, when Honda began making cutbacks, discontinuing the manual Accord for 2021, in addition to culling the Civic Coupe and Fit subcompact.
Depressing as that information could also be, what if the Japanese big went totally bonkers and introduced again the Accord wagon with a turbocharged engine and a guide transmission in scintillating ‘Type-R’ guise? Let’s illustratively crystal ball-gaze additional.
This examine employs an aggressive new entrance facia that screams efficiency with its imposing grille, hood scoop and red-accented decrease splitter. Keen observers will discover the flared entrance and rear fenders, and the Accord’s front-wheel-drive proportions have modified to exude a RWD bias by growing the axle-to-dash ratio.
The most blatant change, nevertheless, is the transition from saloon to wagon. Unlike many property automobiles which have a generic rear quarter glasshouse, this examine retains the window-line ‘up-kick’ from the sedan, which intersects the chrome trim on the base of the rear pillar. Add the satin roof rails and a sloping roof, and the top result’s a dynamic, sleek-looking hauler.
Gazing at it from the rear reveals full-width LED tail-lamps and an aggressive diffuser to enhance the stance of the automotive, whereas decrease purple accents and quad exhausts cement the ‘go-fast’ look.
Power To Haul
Being a ‘Type-R branded’ mannequin, the Civic’s hot powertrain got here first to thoughts with its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. In that automotive, it pumps out 228 kW (306 hp) to the entrance wheels by way of a close-ratio six-speed guide and a limited-slip differential. Taking the Accord’s extra weight into consideration, a rise of energy as much as 350 hp would assist the wagon sustain with its smaller sibling.
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All nicely and good, you say? Well, make method for some extra evil ideas – courtesy of what lays beneath Acura’s upcoming TLX Type-S. The powertrain in query is a throaty turbocharged, 3.0-litre V6 growing north of 350 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. While some might lament the 10-speed automated as the only real transmission selection, it does redeem itself with an clever torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.
Handling might enhance with chassis strengthening, variable-ratio steering, adaptive dampers and stickier rubber wrapped over its big 20-inch wheels.
If Honda did make an Accord Type-R wagon, it will encounter little or no in the way in which of direct rivals in North America. Elsewhere it’s a unique story, with choices like Volkswagen’s Arteon R Shooting Brake, Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered plug-in hybrid wagon and Subaru’s upcoming Levorg STI wagon.
Ultimately, wishful pondering apart, Honda would wish a enterprise case to construct the Accord in wagon format. Unless there’s some SUV-oriented variant with tons of plastic cladding, it’s unlikely to materialise any time quickly. Dreams are free aren’t they?
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