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Honda Accord Type R 1998-2002

Honda's Accord Type R takes 6th place in our greatest fast Hondas top 10

Apart from its oversized rear wing, the Honda Accord Type R was something of a sleeper car. It didn’t attract unwanted attention with outrageous styling, but it still packed a mighty punch for a four-door family saloon. The Accord featured a larger 2.2-litre VTEC engine than its Type R stablemates, which delivered extra mid-range torque. This meant, unlike some of the more frenetic hatches that wore Honda’s ‘R for racing’ badge, the performance was more accessible more of the time.

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You still had to work the car hard but, as with all Type Rs, Honda’s engineers performed a masterpiece in tuning the chassis so it never felt like a chore. The steering relayed messages from the front wheels with clarity, and the sense of expensively engineered mechanicals was palpable.

Given the relatively modest 209bhp, its 6.9-second 0-62mph time was impressive, if not class-leading, but it was the way the Accord Type R made you feel and its breadth of ability that was central to its appeal. This was Japan’s answer to the BMW M3.

Honda Accord Type R: key specs

Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl
Power: 209bhpTorque: 215NmTransmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive0-62mph: 6.9 secondsTop speed: 142mphOn sale: 1998-2002

The all-time best fast Hondas

1. Honda NSX 1990-20052. Honda Civic Type R 2017-date3. Honda Civic Type R 2001-20054. Honda S2000 1999-20095. Honda Integra Type R 1995-20016. Honda Accord Type R 1998-20027. Honda Civic Type R 1997-20008. Honda Civic Type R 2007-20109. Honda CR-X VTEC 1989-199210. Honda S800 1967-1970

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