Hondata Single-Handedly Eliminates All Future Jokes About Honda and Torque

By - Hondata Tune Reflash Honda Accord 2018 2.0 Turbo Engine

Honda Accord owners can now poke fun at the lowly torque numbers of the Camaro and Mustang.

Torque has been the low-hanging fruit of the so-called automotive jokesters for ages. Anyone owning a car with a cylinder count divisible by eight would bemoan the lack of grunt coming from a Honda, despite every other redeeming feature. Those engine characteristics didn’t matter, torque did.

Game’s over for those guys.

Hondata have long been expert tinkerers with the H-badge and have been putting the new turbo engines through their paces to find out just what’s possible from a plug-and-play aspect. Being nearly the same 2.0T power plant you get in the CTR, the Accord version nearly becomes a sleeper of sorts, even as stock. But it’s the tunes that are the most impressive.

Starting with a baseline, Hondata developed two tunes. Stock power numbers were 265 horsepower, and 300 lb/ft of torque. Since those numbers are already impressive, it was time to see what the Stage 1 and Stage 2 tunes do.

Horsepower increases for Stage 1 and Stage 2 are +10 and +20 respectively. Torque is where the crazy numbers show up. For those, peak numbers of +40 and +75 for each tune are impressive enough, but where those power increases occur – between 3000 and 4000 RPM – is the critical part. Being right in the meat of the rev range means you’ll be pulling all 375 lb/ft of torque from a gutsy motor, instead of having to wring it out. These numbers, by the way are 50 state legal and will pass emissions, too.

While we no longer have the delightful the high-revving engines of yesteryear, there’s no denying 375 lb/ft of torque in an Accord is going to make it incredibly swift. It’s almost surprising that they don’t slap an Si badge on the 2.0 turbo version, but that is a discussion for another day.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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