What is it?
The most powerful and expensive version of the new Honda Accord - the flagship of Honda’s new range, in fact – and one of the cars that, Honda hopes, can convince the British public that it can make upmarket, premium saloons that stand comparison with the very best.
What’s it like?
Like all of the new model range, the priciest version of Honda’s new compact executive saloon gets a richer and better-quality cabin than the last car, a more adventurous-looking exterior, and an improved chassis and steering system that, combined, make it much more entertaining-to-drive.
It’s also got an equipment list strong enough to make it the most technologically advanced car in its class. There are few problems, then, with the way this car looks, feels, rides or handles, and none at all with the fact that, at various times and to varying degrees, it’s clever enough to brake, accelerate and steer on behalf of its owner, and to warn him of a potential crash up ahead.
No, the can of worms explodes when you realise that this car costs not much less than a BMW 325i SE – a car with an award-winning, 215bhp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, as well as a riflebolt six-speed manual gearbox, rear-driven handling dynamism to spare, and more genuine premium-brand allure than you can measure in a hundred focus groups.