This story contains illustrations of an Accord Type R created by Theottle that are neither related to nor endorsed by Honda.
The eleventh generation of the Honda Accord has just been unveiled, fueling the imagination of independent designers for potential performance-focused variants. Digital artist Theottle envisioned a fictional Accord Type R, using elements from the Civic hot hatch to create a pretty convincing case for a sports sedan.
The Type R treatment on the Accord includes a sporty front bumper with much larger intakes, a new honeycomb grille, a vented bonnet, wider front fenders, side sill extensions, larger alloy wheels with wider tires, a new rear bumper with a diffuser, triple exhaust pipes, and a fixed rear wing made of carbon fiber.
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All of those elements are sourced from the smaller Honda Civic Type R and look somewhat complicated when combined with the subtle design language and comfort-focused character of the new Accord. Still, no one would say no to a hotter sedan from Honda, especially if it came fitted with the mighty turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 315 hp (235 kW / 319 PS) in the Civic Type R.
Unfortunately, such a treat seems highly unlikely to materialize. The US-spec Accord doesn’t even come with its predecessor’s turbocharged 2.0-liter that produced 252 hp (188 kW / 256 PS), and chances are that the 204 hp (152 kW / 207 PS) hybrid will remain the most powerful of the bunch. There is still the upcoming reveal of the new Honda Accord for the Japanese market, which could include different powertrain options, but we wouldn’t bet on any surprises.
Mind you, there has been a Accord Type R based on the sixth-generation model that was exclusively available in Europe between 1998 and 2002. It came fitted with a naturally aspirated 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine producing 209 hp (156 kW / 212 PS) while featuring stiffer suspension, stronger brakes, a limited-slip differential, and styling upgrades inside and out. Similar variants of the sixth-gen and seventh-gen Accord were sold in Japan under the “Euro R” name, although none of those made it to the US.