Honda India will launch the 3.5-litre V6-engined Accord by end of March 2009. The V6 VTEC engine produces a fantastic 270bhp, but Honda will detune the power to around 250bhp for India. The V6 Accords engine boasts Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which allows the Accord to run on all six cylinders when you need all the horses and switches to either four or three cylinders for cruising or low speeds.

Honda will offer the V6 with five speed automatic gearbox. We would have loved a manual with paddles but alas. The V6 version also has thicker anti-roll bars to cope with the extra power, and will have 17-inch rims. The V6 Accord will be priced approximately Rs 1.5 lakh over the regular four-cylinder model.