Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP
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Can HFP make the Accord a Performer?

Taking something from ordinary to extraordinary is no easy task, and there might not be a better example of ordinary than the Honda Accord.

A solid family car that offers dependability and ease of use over all else, are the folks at Honda crazy for trying to make this family hauler perform on the track?

Starting with a V6-powered Accord Coupe, Honda tacks on new suspension and a full body kit in an attempt to take this car from bland to spicy. It costs $4,620 before installation. Will your money be well spent or are you better off buying something a little less obscure? Read on to find out.

  • Alfie

    Nice pics! This car looks amazing. That’s why I’d buy it.

  • Yal100

    What this article doesn’t quite say is that even though Honda is only making 500 you’ll probably be able to buy the complete HFP kit from you dealer and install it yourself. I know they offered it this way on the Gen 7, they might do the same here. Especially the suspension goodies.

  • jackoduc

    You could build this car for way less starting with the LX-S ( 190 hp 4cyc. )at about $24,000 and adding the body kit and leather for under $30,000. You only lose the V-6 and will have change to spend on the accesories.

  • http://www.autoguide.com Stephen Elmer

    You are correct. You can buy the kit by itself and install it yourself on any Accord you want. The pricing in the article is based on the 500 units that Honda will produce, based solely on the V6 Coupe version of the car.

    That said, this car would be much less fun with the four cylinder under the hood, but it would be much more affordable.

  • gradyphilpott

    Body kits leave me cold, as does comparing the cost of any Accord with any other car.

    If I wanted any car other than a Honda, I’d buy one, cost be damned.

    Personally, I think Honda should just leave the Accord as it is, except tuning up the suspension a bit. It seems that electric steering is the wave of the future, for street machines anyway, and it’ll be incumbent on drivers to get used to it.

  • Rando

    Well that kind of misses the half the point doesn’t it. No V6, and a bunch of useless crap to make it even slower?

  • DK

    At the moment, you can’t purchase the suspension without the entire kit.
    Though that will likely change sometime.

  • Mark Gold

    The Accord HFP is a nice looking car, but the Hyundai Genesis Spec-R is a more performance oriented car with better acceleration, braking and handling for less money. Plus, the Genesis has RWD and a limited slip differential which simply put, makes it much more fun to drive.

  • Gary

    “taught”..lol

    Journalism at its finest.

  • ktappe

    Actually, the suspension is one of the least attractive features. In my area (Delaware) there are a lot of speed bumps. Also we occasionally get this phenomenon known as “snow”. You do not want a lowered car in these scenarios. My ’98 Accord has the body kit and even un-lowered I have scraped all four of the underbody spoilers at one point or another. I don’t wanna know how much more damage I’d have had if the car had been lower.