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moe
After years of boring Accords (unless you want to remember the Type-R and Euro-R) Honda decided to up the ante, and give us something that wouldn't be bought because it was the most practical car (though it still is), but because we wanted it. The eighth-generation Accord sedan sticks very much to the usual sedan flavor, but the coupe...it's been given a dose of sex appeal. Inside, it's still very practical, and shares the sedan's fussy interior. However, the exterior is actually attractive. To drive, it's more soft GT, than hardened sports coupe. But at the end of the day, despite the slick, new suit...it's still an Accord.









I'm going to have to say cool, though it's borderline. Just the fact that it's an Accord, and still more practical than most sedans, knocks it down a few notches. As does the fact, that well, it's still called the Accord. The styling does go someway to redeeming it though, and at least keeps it from being boring. So a borderline cool from me.
Razor
Cool because it's refreshing and has a hint of GT appeal... barely.
clarkma5
They do look good, particularly in that blue color. They're overpriced and they're still accords, but the looks just edge them to cool, along with the aforementioned hint of GT appeal.
4wheelfreak
I say uncool. All this car does is take the accord, an admittedly good but uncool car, and take away from its practicality (the accord's strong suit). This sacrifice doesn't really result in much sportiness (as a soft gt car), or (in my opinion) much better looks.
Bjorn
I dunno...It's a good looking car, but I can't help looking at the driver each time I see one and thinking he just bought it as a fashion accessory. Same goes for the Solara and the Altima Coupe.

That makes it uncool IMHO.

Harden the suspension and give it SH-AWD and I'll eat my words.
mung35
Great all-rounder. But, by no means a panty-dropper. Thus, only cool.

Looks good too!
maxima302
I think this car is great.... what a bold move from Honda. Its really one of the only designs in recent memory that sparks the least bit of enthusiasm from me. Design wise, Hondas are almost always on the safe side, this one really breaks the mold! The only real let down in my opinion is the interior, its generic and should be more driver focused to set the coupe apart from the sedan.
clarkma5
QUOTE(maxima302 @ Aug 26 2008, 10:52 PM) *
I think this car is great.... what a bold move from Honda.


What's sad is that that statement is really quite true...

Remember the NSX? The cool Type-Rs? When the S2000 was new and exciting? Back when Honda was a lot cooler...? No, nobody...?
moe
Even sadder is that every new Honda is getting uglier and uglier, and the only promising new car they have on the horizon is the NSX-replacement. Come on Honda, just look at Nissan or Mazda...even Toyota has some promising stuff in the pipeline.
Razor
^ No, Toyota is so the "remember when" company for me. It really hits home playing DiRT, in fact. Pikes Peak Edition Celica GT AWD with 800 HP and more than 1000 lb.-ft? What, do they have another promising hybrid in the works? rolleyes.gif
moe
There's the new small sportscar in collaboration with Subaru, and the LF-A (if they ever launch it).
clarkma5
I'm not holding my breath on that Subaru collaboration, sounds a little too good to be true. I kinda got the feeling like that's gonna get pushed back a couple times and then cancelled, or when it finally does make it, it will miss its price target pretty egregiously (or be like the introductory Solstice, where they met their $20k price point only by moving everything to the options list).
maxima302
QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Aug 26 2008, 10:56 PM) *
What's sad is that that statement is really quite true...

Remember the NSX? The cool Type-Rs? When the S2000 was new and exciting? Back when Honda was a lot cooler...? No, nobody...?


For a mainstream production coupe this is a bold move. Look at the rest of the current lineup, and look at the orientation of previous generation accord coupes... nowhere near as stylistically complex as the new Accord. Plus, for a coupe... this is a volume model. All the cars you mentioned above were more or less niche cars... marketing pieces...
clarkma5
Comparing this against other Hondas, sure. But as "bold moves" go industry-wide, this is...not very bold.
maxima302
QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Aug 27 2008, 11:29 PM) *
Comparing this against other Hondas, sure. But as "bold moves" go industry-wide, this is...not very bold.


Compared to the Altima Coupe and Camry Solara ??! I'd say this car is much more emotional (and better looking) than either the Altima or the Camry. Its not Genesis Coupe revolutionary, but from Honda, its definitely exciting.

I don't even know why I'm posting this.. your still going to disagree to disagree.
clarkma5
I guess it all depends on your definition of "mainstream coupe". I'd call the Mazda RX-8 a mainstream coupe (they've sold hundreds of thousands of them) and they're certainly full of tricks (stylistic tricks, packaging tricks, mechanical tricks). How about the buxom Mitsubishi Eclipse for looks? I mean, it's a different sort of car than the Accord, with a different sort of style, but it's not a wallflower. I could think of other examples, but yeah, hopefully you get my point. Calling the Accord Coupe "bold" or not in its segment depends on how narrowly you define its segment, and my personal opinion is that "mainstream coupe" is a pretty wide open segment.
Mr b00st
while it's a GOOD car, It's not COOL. There's nothing really interesting, sexy, stylish, or interest-invoking about it. It's the type of car that a gearhead would settle for to get him to work without dying of boredom while he patiently fixes the Alfa GTV6 in his garage.

Still, having driven a previous-generation Accord EX V6 6MT, I can say that they are quite quick... for what they are. Also, Kudos to Honda for making a FWD transaxle with such good shift quality.
b0mb3r
Not sound like a fan boy but I rather have the Passat CC.......
fiber optic
I don't think the Accord will ever be cool.

Uncool vote cast.
hexagone
I test drove a bright blue 08 6-mt coupe this summer. It was a damn hoot to drive... but even the fanboy in me wouldnt say it's cool. However, in that blue color though, a lot of people did stare at stop lights at the car. Maybe in that color only, it's cool.
Mitlov
Door number 4.

(1) It's an Accord. While good, there's absolutely nothing cool about that.

(2) Everyone else thinks it looks gorgeous. I can't, for my life, figure out why. This car is fugly.
hexagone
Well... it is much more attractive than both the altima coupe and solara. The solara looks like a damn boat. (and drives like one too)
Mitlov
QUOTE(hexagone @ Sep 3 2008, 03:25 PM) *
Well... it is much more attractive than both the altima coupe and solara. The solara looks like a damn boat. (and drives like one too)


I actually really like the Altima coupe. And isn't the Eclipse built off the Galant platform? If so, it's by far the most attractive midsize-family-sedan-to-coupe conversion on the market, IMO.
nismo
I hate how long the headlights are, and if you look at the taillights, they are fucking huge.
moe
Yeah, this car is doing the opposite of growing on me. I just got back to Dubai a week ago, and they're everywhere. The Altima coupe, strangely, isn't. I much prefer the Nissan.
Mitlov
QUOTE(moethepaki @ Sep 4 2008, 03:37 AM) *
Yeah, this car is doing the opposite of growing on me. I just got back to Dubai a week ago, and they're everywhere. The Altima coupe, strangely, isn't. I much prefer the Nissan.


The Altima coupe looks really nice in person. There's one I see regularly around here. In pictures, the rear end kind of looked Monte Carlo-ish to me, but the effect in person is very different. I just wish they had done something a little more unique with the front.
moe
^ My gripe with the Altima is that all the ones I've seen have way too much of a wheel gap.
Mitlov
QUOTE(moethepaki @ Sep 4 2008, 03:17 PM) *
^ My gripe with the Altima is that all the ones I've seen have way too much of a wheel gap.


I must not notice that because you can fit a fist between the wheel and fender on US-market MkIV Jettas wink.gif
clarkma5
I find the Altima coupe to be absolutely grotesque.
Razor
QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Sep 5 2008, 01:50 PM) *
I find the Altima coupe to be absolutely grotesque.


Nice ass, nice curves, butter face.
4wheelfreak
^ +1
clarkma5
The ass is perhaps my least favorite part...it's like a caricature of a sexy car.

Also, ya know how modern cars have a flat area on the fenders around the wheels? The ones on the Altima are gigantic and poorly integrated. Plus, even on 18s it looks like it's on casters. It's not a butter face, it's just a butter car.
moe
^ Well said.
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