2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe
2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe. Click image to enlarge

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Review and photos by Peter Bleakney

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In 2009, Honda Canada sold 15,799 Accords, 2,956 of which were the two-door coupe variant. Of those, only 351 were the 271-hp EX-L V6 Coupe fitted with a six-speed manual transmission like this $34,890 tester.

Not surprising, really. And this is no slight against the Honda, which I’ll be honest, took my preconceptions of this coupe and ran them into the guardrail.

It’s because most buyers looking at a two-door sports coupe in this price range will want rear-wheel-drive: Infiniti G37 Coupe, Hyundai Genesis Coupe V6, BMW 128i Coupe, Mustang or Camaro.

But before we dismiss the Accord EX-L V6 Coupe as a tarted-up family snooze-mobile, let’s have a closer look.

2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe
2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe
2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe
2010 Honda Accord EX V6 Coupe. Click image to enlarge

First off, the Accord EX-L V6 Coupe is quite a fetching rig, and a relatively uncommon sight on our roads. It is 76 mm shorter in length and 50 mm shorter in height than the Accord sedan, and features a more aggressive front fascia, sleeker headlights and a steeply raked windscreen. It concludes in the rear with a sharply resolved trunk sporting a lip spoiler. It rides on 18-inch alloys wearing P235/45R18 all season tires. This Belize Blue Pearl coupe did receive a lot of second glances – many more than I expected.

The fully independent double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension is beefed up with stiffer anti-roll bars, and the Coupe also benefits from the lower placement of both the engine and gas tank.

While the base Accord Coupe comes with a 190-hp 2.4-litre four, the 3.5-litre SOHC VTEC V6 in the EX-L makes 271 hp at 6,200 rpm and 251 lb.-ft. at 5,000 rpm. These numbers might look a bit shy on paper (the Infiniti, Hyundai, Mustang and Camaro all make over 300 hp), but I’d venture to say this is the best bent-six of the lot.

It absolutely sails to its 6,800 rpm redline, delivering torque in a smooth and linear fashion with nary a peak or valley, all the while emitting a racy and refined soundtrack. This car rushes forward in any gear from almost any r.p.m. If the spec sheet had said 300 hp, I would have thought, “Yeah, that’s about right.” Runs on regular fuel, too.

Interestingly, the manual transmission equipped Coupe gets a different version of this engine than the one found in 5-speed automatic cars – it features cylinder deactivation (VCM) for improved fuel economy. The manual Coupe’s V6 does away with VCM but gets a performance-tuned valve-train, intake and exhaust system to broaden the torque curve in the low to mid-rpm range.

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