The seventh generation of the Accord was launched in 2002 (2003 model year in North America), and consists of two separate models; one for the Japanese and European markets, and the other for North America. However, both were in fact sold in many other markets, fueled by the popular Cog advertisement for the Accord. Euro R trim continued into this generation as performance model for Japanese market, making use of K20 engine producing 220 hp, however, European performance model was renamed Type S and used larger K24 engine tuned to produce 190 hp.
Japan and Europe
Main article: Honda Accord (Japan and Europe seventh generation)
Japan and Europe
The European and Japanese Accords were integrated on the previous Japanese Accord’s chassis, but with a new body. No longer made in Swindon, those Accords were made in Japan, and came in both sedan and estate form.
At its introduction in 2003, it won the Car of the Year Japan Award for a record third time. In Europe the car featured a 2.0 i-VTEC with 152BHP, a 2.4 i-VTEC with 187BHP, and an “exceptional” 2.2 i-CDTi turbo diesel engine with initially 138BHP and 340Nm of torque, while doing 51MPG on the EU combined cycle.
This model was sold in certain markets such as Fiji, Australia and New Zealand as the “Accord Euro” and in North America as the Acura TSX.
Accord Euro R (CL7, 2002–2007)
The Honda Accord Euro R (CL7) was launched in October 2002, succeeding the previous Euro R (CL1). A lightened and more sports focused variant of the Japanese car the Accord Euro R was powered by the K20A 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC engine producing 220 bhp (217 hp, 162 kW @ 8000 rpm) and 21.0 kg-m (206 Nm @ 7000 rpm) of torque through the only option of a lightweight 6-speed manual transmission. The same engine can be found in the JDM Integra Type R (DC5). The Accord Euro-R was available to the Japanese Domestic Market and Europe. Some features that distinguish it are the Recaro seats, the body kit, a MOMO steering wheel, lightweight 17-inch alloys and a special aluminium gearknob found only in Honda’s Type R variants.
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