Honda Accord V6 VTEC Type R. Grey version in Barcelona
The Honda Accord, also known as the Honda Inspire in Japan and China for certain generations, is a series of automobiles manufactured by Honda since 1976, best known for its four-door sedan variant, which has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States since 1989. The Accord nameplate has been applied to a variety of vehicles worldwide, including coupes, station wagons, hatchbacks and a Honda Crosstour crossover.
The sixth generation Honda Accord was available as a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, five-door hatch (Europe only) and station wagon (Japan only) and was produced by Honda from September 1997 (for the 1998 model year) to 2002 and from 1998 to 2003 in Europe.
Honda Type R models are special performance editions of their respective model families.
The design of Type R models was originally focused on race conditions, with an emphasis on minimizing weight, and maximizing performance potential (e.g. engine tuning, suspension set-up). Thus, Type R models were first conceived for racetracks. However, due to Honda’s increased focus on their VTEC engines, Type R vehicles were eventually designed for a much wider market.
Type R vehicles traditionally have a red Honda badge and Championship White paint as an option, as a tribute to their first winning F1 car. Honda’s racing and F1 cars often feature a red Honda badge.
The Type R was utilised by Acura on their high performance vehicles, which evolved into Type-S.