Honda Accord Euro Type S: Performance Diesel
Motoring Channel Staff - 10/February/2009
Honda Accord Euro Type S
Geneva, Switzerland —
The term 'performance car' is usually attached to a petrol-powered
sports car. But Honda will take the wraps off its sporty Type S Accord
Euro at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
Diesel performance cars have gained traction in Europe and this next model will add to that growing list.
There are a couple of examples of diesel performance
cars on offer in Australia imported by Renault and Volkswagen,
but this next model is not slated for an Australian release (at the time of writing Honda could not be contacted for a statement).
From where we sit however, the vehicle is an enticing idea.
It combines the high performance and excellent fuel economy of a turbocharged, intercooled 2.2-litre diesel engine.
i-DTEC diesel engine is based on the standard 2.2-litre diesel mill
that powers European versions of the Accord (called the Accord Euro in
Australia), but gets a modified components such as a larger
intercooler and turbocharger and new cylinder heads to deliver 22kW
more power and 30Nm more torque:
Power: 132kW @ 4000rpm
Torque: 380Nm @ 2000rpm
The new Accord Euro was highly praised by the Motoring Channel's editor in a recent review and this Europe-only diesel model with its 132kW
(180hp) hitting the skids @ 4000rpm would perhaps be even more
impressive than the 2.4-litre petrol versions. Compared to the
petrol-powered models' 230Nm of torque, the 380Nm would also allow it
tow heavy loads.
Appearing at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show
alongside vehicles like the Insight hybrid, special edition S2000
and CR-Z hybrid sports car concept, the Accord Type S is being shown in
wagon form fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels and a few other
subtle-but-sporting design cues.
Honda U.K. says the new performance diesel model will go on sale later
in 2009 in Europe, and will be available in either sedan or wagon body
180PS diesel model will be a welcome addition to the Accord range,
especially for company car drivers that want a high-specification car
in an even sportier package," said Honda UK's manager of corporate
operations, Graham Avent.
"This model will undoubtedly
appeal to high-performance diesel enthusiasts, looking for that
something extra, but we hope it will also create a halo-effect across
the diesel Accord range," added Avent.
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