Call me crazy, but I foresee a storm brewing in the lower midsize segment. The horsepower war will trickle down into the regular midsize sedans, beginning with the 325 horsepower Ford Fusion Sport.
Then there’s the uber-modified HPD Honda Accord IndyCar safety car, rocking 400 horsepower out of the standard 3.5 V6, albeit with a few modifications beefing up the powertrain, namely an RLX crankshaft and a limited slip differential among others.
The question is: why a Honda Accord? Honda has far more powerful and/or track-potent cars in its lineup, including the RLX Sport Hybrid and even the NSX! There’s no reason they’d modify something like an Accord to lead some of the fastest race cars on the planet rather than using something else that’s much more suited to the job.
But you see, I think there is. I think they’re fielding a modified Accord to get some mileage for an Accord Type R development project. And what better environment than a race track with IndyCars?
They’ve proven that they can push an Accord to 400 horsepower, but there are still two factors that need to pan out before anything like this can happen:
As has been mentioned before, Ford announced a 325 horsepower Fusion Sport, which would prove a worthy competitor to a hot Accord. However, it is unknown how the public will receive the Fusion Sport. As has been shown by the Chevrolet SS, the public doesn’t really care for a sports sedan that doesn’t carry prestige. Therefore the Fusion Sport remains a wildcard for now.
The FK2 Civic Type R is finally coming to the United States! While there are many reasons Honda would do this, there may be one reason pertaining to the hot Accord: how would we respond to a hot Honda? The US only got one Type R, the venerable Integra Type R, which was mercilessly ripped apart by thieves and crooks. Beyond that, Honda has nary a clue how we’d respond to the Type R badge in this day and age.
Being on the Civic’s first international chassis, selling the CTR to us has become easier than ever, there should be little lost if the CTR does not do well on our shores. Therefore, it can be claimed that it’s merely an experimental process, gauging not only our interest in the badge, but in hot Hondas in general. After all, it’s been seven years since we’ve said goodbye to the S2000. The market has likely moved on.
While the chances of getting a 400 horsepower Accord are slim, Honda has proven to us that they have the capacity to push it to the extreme, and likely into showrooms in a couple of years.