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It’s all too easy to dismiss coupes based on family sedans as conformity dressed up as rebellion. Simply putting two doors where once there were four does not create a sporty car. Starting with one of the most athletic and most powerful family sedans and then turning it into a coupe? Well, that just might work.

The 10Best-winning 2013 Accord coupe feels a lot like its four-door sibling. That’s not a bad thing. All Accords share the same delicate wheel control and supple yet balanced ride. It’s a nimble and playful car that more than makes good on the promise of its rakish styling. Where the coupe differs from the sedan is in its size; this is not a family-style meal. Its overall length is 2.2 inches shorter than the sedan and two inches have been clipped out of the wheelbase.

Carting around less car is a good start on the road to sportiness. The Accord V-6 coupe we tested weighed in at 3399 pounds. The manual gearbox isn’t available in the Accord V-6 sedan, but an automatic version we tested recently tipped the scales at 3552 pounds.

What really makes the Accord feel light is the 278-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Careful chassis tuning keeps the coupe on an even keel, but the powerful V-6 under the hood dominates the experience. Driven normally, excessive wheelspin and torque steer are kept in line. Revving the engine and dumping the clutch, however, will result in tire smoke and some steering-wheel tug. A hard launch will bring a 0–60 time of 5.6 seconds; a quarter-mile time of 14.0 seconds at 103 mph is possible. Foregoing the brutal launch, as we do with our 5–60-mph rolling start, only adds 0.4 second to the 60-mph sprint.

Manual fans will delight in the mechanical feel of the Accord’s shifter. Quick shifts and nicely placed pedals make the stick a purist’s delight. Buyers who prefer an automatic get a new six-speed and better fuel economy than the manual version (21/32 versus 18/28). We’d gladly live with the fuel-economy penalty to enjoy the involvement and precision of the manual transmission.

As you’d expect, rear-seat space is not a priority here. The new coupe has actually lost a few cubic feet of rear-seat space to its predecessor. The front seats are just as comfortable as the sedan’s, though, especially when the V-6 is pressing you firmly into them. Rearward visibility is more restricted than on the sedan, a victim of styling, but our loaded V-6 model came with Honda’s new blind-spot camera that displays the right-side blind spot on the dashboard screen.


At the end of its life, the sedan outsold the previous Accord coupe by a factor of 10 to one. And yet, Honda continues to offer the Accord coupe. It’s not a rational decision, but neither is the 278-hp V-6. We’re certainly glad that both the coupe and the optional V-6 exist. Sporty, mid-size coupes are getting harder and harder to find. Nissan’s pared back its Altima coupe offerings to just one four-cylinder with an efficiency-over-fun CVT. Hyundai offers the sporty-looking rear-drive Genesis coupe in both four-cylinder turbo and V-6 form, but that car lacks Honda levels of refinement. There are several six-pot mid-size coupes available from luxury brands—the Cadillac CTS, BMW 128i, Infiniti G37, and Mercedes C250 among them—but they routinely cost many thousands more.

So if you’re looking for a popularly priced mid-size coupe with six-cylinder power, Honda levels of refinement and, rarer still, a slick-shifting manual gearbox, your shopping list is as short as it possibly can be.
 

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Sounds like the 1/4 mile is traction limited. 103 trap is good for 13.6 - 13.8 with a good launch.
 

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Sounds like the 1/4 mile is traction limited. 103 trap is good for 13.6 - 13.8 with a good launch.
No doubt man. We have already seen [email protected] from a stock 8th gen 6MT so I wouldn't doubt a 13.6 or less from a 9th gen 6MT :)
 

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well i test drove the 13 6-6 just for ****s n giggles. and the interior is amazing. i love the double screen and the fact that you can play pandora off the radio and many other cool features.

the shifter feels a bit more solid than my 12 6-6 coupe, and the throws are a little shorter.

the engine sounds very nice, its a fair bit louder on the inside than my 8th gen, to some people that might be a negative.

as far as performance, it really doesn't feel any quicker at all. a little more responsive, but when your winding out the gears, it really feels just like the 8th gen. now the suspension however is improved and can easily notice that it is stiffer and more tight in the turns.

for now, ill stick with my 12 coupe.
 

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one of my cousins just bought the 6-6 coupe exl
loved it, the blind spot cameras, lane departure, it was great!!!
the rear seat is roomier than what i expected
and with a usb and aux plug, no more need for this converters

i want to get one
 

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Sonnick lol it's me 1998jza80 from DA. It wasn't me, but the car is a '15 6-6, PCD's, CAI, 3rd cat delete, borla AB, UDP, Nissan Wheels with PSS tires.
 

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Sup dude?

Wow that's not even on radials!? That's extremely impressive. I knew the 9G was capable of putting down some serious times. If that was in summer air, then 12.9 shouldn't be too far off in fall conditions. I'm super jelly of the 3.5s :cry: :up:
 
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