Redline Reviews dropped a video earlier yesterday (Sept. 29, 2017) answering quite clearly whether the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T is faster, at least in a straight line, then a 2017 Honda Accord. Yes, the new Accord is faster. Check out the video posted below and see for yourself.
Admittedly, the drag race isn’t exactly under ideal conditions. Nevertheless, I expect these results to be repeatable. Although they aren’t on a drag strip, it looks like local police have cordoned off a section of road to use. Right from the get-go, the 2018 Honda Accord jumps out to a commanding lead and pretty much walks its predecessor. You’ll hear the reviewer say it, but yes, the 2.0T pulls.
The 2017 Honda Accord V6 puts out 278 HP and 252 lb-ft while the 2018 Honda Accord musters up 252 HP and 273 lb-ft. While the new engine loses 26 HP compared to the old one, it gains 21 lb-ft.
Yes, torque. The switch to turbocharged engines has a new generation of Honda owners discovering the wonders that is power available throughout the rev range. Although a third party hasn’t strapped the 2018 Honda Accord to a dyno, we imagine that it’ll share a similar power curve as the 2017 Honda Civic Type R since both cars share the same engine block. Take a look at a dyno run of the Civic Type R below, power quickly rises in the first part of the rev range and levels off in the upper rev range.
Watch the drag race again and you can extrapolate a similar power curve from this new 2018 Honda Accord. Power starts off strong in the lower rev range and stays there as power is laid on.
When Autoblog (and a few other journalists) traveled to Japan to check out a pre-production model of the 2018 Honda Accord, they had auto journalists revel in the speed of the new Accord as it banked Honda’s high-speed oval at 130 MPH. It was, as they called, a show of force. And these few drag races confirm that.
You didn’t think Honda would drop a new Accord without making it, at least, marginally faster than the old one now did you?