By James Bergeron

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2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6

Day 1:

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My week with the Honda Accord Coupe V6 could not come at a better time: it has been almost one year to the day since this 2008 model was revealed in Detroit and almost exactly two years since I reviewed the seventh-generation Accord Coupe V6. The eighth-generation Accord is, once again, larger than its predecessor and the coupe more sculpted than the sedan, with the traditional flowing lines that all coupes should wear.

When launched as a concept in Detroit, I loved it; when the vehicle hit showrooms and pictures started popping up, I wasn’t feeling the design anymore. But now that it is in my driveway I think it looks fabulous — the blue on my tester especially brings out the curves and bold look of this design.

Powered by Honda’s 3.5 litre V6, the Coupe V6 puts 268 hp and 248lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. My tester is equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission (A 5-speed automatic is also available for no extra cost on the V6 model).

If you are familiar with Honda’s option packages, throwing out the letters EX-L NAVI will tell you pretty much all you need to know. For those who aren’t familiar, this is the top of the line Accord Coupe with power leather seats, automatic climate control, navigation system, XM satellite radio, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, traction control with VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), 270-watt AM/FM/CD Premium audio system with seven speakers (including subwoofer) and much more.

I haven’t spent a lot of time behind the wheel just yet, but my first impressions are very positive. Although different both inside and out from the previous generation, this car certainly is an evolution in design and feels very familiar in many respects.

2008 Honda Accord Coupe V6
MSRP as tested inc. destination & delivery: $39,680

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