It already has a Type R engine, it just needs a little help.
When Honda first released the newest Accord, there was some disappointment that the V6 engine would no longer be offered. That disappointment quickly faded when we found out that Honda would instead use a detuned version of the 2-0-liter turbo four-cylinder from the Civic Type R. While the engine may be theoretically the same, the Accord only produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque compared to the Type R's 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Luckily, tuners like Hondata know how to get more out of the Accord.
We've already seen the company work its magic on the Civic Si. Like the Si, Hondata's tune for 2.0 Accord only costs $350, or $695 for the computer that lets you install and uninstall the tunes as well do additional tuning. The results of the Stage 1 and Stage 2 tunes are fantastic.
Neither tune is able to match the Type R on horsepower, but both give the Accord a torque advantage over its little brother. The Hondata dyno measured the Accord at 266 hp and 292 lb-ft of torque (both exceeded Honda's claims). The Stage 1 tune added 10 hp and 40 lb-ft of torque for a total of 276 hp and 332 lb-ft respectively. The Stage 2 tune bumped power up by over 20 hp and 85 lb-ft of torque for a total of 287 hp and 377 lb-ft respectively. These numbers will make the new Accord much faster, and possibly competitive with a new Civic Type R. Both tunes can be ordered from Hondata's website or purchased from a certified Hondata dealership.