The new Accord hit the market just a few months back, but it already managed to stir up the market. For starters, it is the only mid-size sedan to offer a manual on the top-spec engine. On top of that, it has one of the finer tweaked chassis out there which allows it to be far better in terms of handling than many of its rivals. Well, it now looks like Honda may release another version for the Accord. However, this is a rather surprising one. Industry experts think the manufacturer will release the 2019 Honda Accord Type R in the near future. Just like its name suggests, this is going to be the most powerful version of the car by a huge margin. While the details are still unknown, it looks like the Type R Accord will be quite similar to the Civic.
The car will share its platform with the Civic, so the engine and most of the suspension should be similar between the two. The car will likely feature a really similar running gear too. We expect the unusual front suspension layout as well as a fully independent rear end. These two should allow the Accord to become far better to drive and they should make it a real driver’s car. The brakes will also get bigger by a good amount. If the rumors are anything to go by then, the Accord will likely sport a Brembo setup in the front with slightly smaller rear brakes.
2019 Honda Accord Type R Release and Price
So far many people thought the 2019 Honda Accord Type R was nothing but a rumor. However, many forgot that Honda used to offer a Type R Accord many years ago. Considering its history, it is safe to assume the new model will hit the market sometime in early 2018. The car’s price should be quite a bit higher than that of the Type R Civic. For now, it looks like it may start at over $40,000 which is quite a premium over some of its rivals, such as the Fusion Sport.
Specs and Engine
Unlike the Fusion, the Type R Accord will not feature a V6 which is rather unusual. Instead, the car will likely boast a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine borrowed from the Civic. This is currently known to make over 310 horsepower and around 300 lb-ft of torque. This is actually quite impressive for its size. If the rumors are true, then the 2019 Honda Accord Type R might feature an even more powerful version of the same engine. However, the car may not be front-wheel drive, like some suggested.
Instead, Honda may surprise us and offer an all wheel drive high-performance sedan. The six speed manual will likely stay as well which will make the Type R Accord the single most impressive car to hit the market in the recent years. An automatic is possible as well, but Honda’s new ten speed isn’t really up to the task of delivering a sharp response.
Probably one of the biggest problems with the new 2019 Honda Accord Type R is going to be the way it looks. The current version is a handsome-looking car with nice design lines and a rather aggressive character. We only hope Honda is not going to ruin it with fake vents and a really unusual rear spoiler. If they keep it clean and classy, then we have no doubt the car will manage to sell like hotcakes. We can expect a larger grille in the front, and likely honeycomb mesh all around. Instead of a quad-exhaust system, like many of its rivals, the new Accord will likely feature a center-mounted exhaust, similar to what the Civic has to offer.
Even though this will be its sportiest version, we don’t expect it to change all that much. In fact, the Type R Accord should be mostly identical to the regular sports version of the car. The only real difference between it and the other models will be the seats. The vehicle might feature individual rear seats as well as Recaro front seats. These would give the passengers far better lateral support while also elevating the interior of the car to that of a sports-coupe.