In this insert we pay homage to the 2003 Honda Accord Type-S, a car that sought to represent the Japanese automaker in the segment comfortably run by the German big three, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. It’s also important to note that we got the European version of the Accord and not the American one. More edgy design with sharp lines and a simplified design that we find reasonably ageing well. The Type-S is powered by a 2,4-litre engine fuel injection producing 140 kW and 220 N.m of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
This is one of those cars you need to rev and ruffle up to get the best out of, and you do get the best even 12 years later, giving a more organic engaging driving experience and a vocal rev-happy i-VTEC engine. Entertaining!
In 2003 you’d buy a new one for around R240 000 and reasonably undercut the Audi A4 1.8T by a margin. Nowadays you can get a used one for around R85000 with around 200 000km on the clock. This car still looks good and charming at what it does. The issue would be finding a good used one, otherwise you can’t go wrong by much, considering the reliability aspect of Honda cars.
Pics via: Favcars.com