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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.
The 2011 SEMA Show isn’t officially open yet but we’ve obtained a few snap shots of one of the two Honda‘s being kept under wraps. Called the 2012 Civic Si HFP this more hard-edged version of the new Si might just be the car enthusiasts were hoping for.
While the list of the modifications includes such trivialities as floor mats and LED lights, there are some important changes that are sure to appeal to the enthusiast crowd. For starters, there’s a more aggressive aero kit – something this car desperately needed. But most importantly there’s a HFP suspension setup (the exact specs of which aren’t yet known), plus the car gets larger 18-inch wheels with some 215/40/18 Yokohama tires. These updates should hopefully address some of the complaints we had about the car’s softly spring suspension.
As for the other car, we don’t have any snap shots, but it’s purpose built race car by Honda-backed racing team Compass 360.
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In a pristine white, the Accord Coupe gets a custom HFP body kit, a 15mm lower suspension and some big 19-inch wheels. The best part, however, is that it makes 335-hp courtesy a “prototype” supercharger. Torque has also been increased to 285 lb-ft. In total that’s an increase of 64-hp and 34 lb-ft of torque. It might not be the biggest jump, but those modest numbers are a hint at just how close to production this kit could be.
We’ll await confirmation with Honda’s SEMA Show press conference tomorrow.