Up until the 1990s Honda had been known for sensible family cars, but that all changed with the development of their V-Tech models which demonstrated a new performance side of the company. The 1997 Accord was re-designed as more roomy and was available with a V6 engine, but it wasn't until the following year that the fireworks really started with the launch of the Type R. This used an Accord sedan platform, but with a much stiffer body and uprated and lowered suspension on the all-round double wishbone set-up. Power came through a 134ci (2.2-liter) twin-cam 16v four-cylinder using the latest development of Honda's V-Tech system. With 11:1 compression, low friction pistons and sequential fuel injection it would rev through to 8,500rpm, and thanks to a limited-slip differential could put the power down, making it one of the best-handling front-wheel drive sedans.
Honda Accord Type R Specifications
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