It’s tough deciding between the new HONDA ACCORD 2008 or TOYOTA CAMRY. They are priced competitively the same. HONDA CRV however is priced slightly higher for the 2 litre segment at RM 147,800. However without a doubt, HONDA ACCORD 2008 has one of the most impressive look to date from this Japanese manufacturer. This 8th Generation HONDA ACCORD is available in 3 variants at launch, with 2 locally assembled 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter variants, and a Thai-imported 3.5 liter V6 model. The engine under the hood of the Honda Accord 2.0 VTi is the new 2.0 liter R-series SOHC i-VTEC engine that was first introduced locally in the Honda CR-V. Installed in the Honda Accordâ€™s engine bay, this engine puts out 156 PS at 6,300rpm and a peak torque of 189Nm at 4,300rpm. This is however is still lower than the latest BMW 320i SPORTS EDITION that has just been introduced by BMW MALAYSIA. This engine is matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission with dual overdrive ratios for better fuel economy.The 2.4 liter Honda Accord VTi-L model however is powered by the familiar K24 2.0 liter DOHC i-VTEC engine, but is now tuned to produce 180 PS, or 177 horsepower. This kicks in at 6,500rpm. Peak torque is now 222Nm at 4,300rpm, with 180Nm available from 1,600rpm and 200Nm available from 2000rpm. It is also mated to a 5-speed automatic, but the 2.4 liter also has the option of manual sequential shifting via paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel – flick the right paddle to upshift and the left paddle to downshift.
AUTO CRUISE AND PADDLE SHIFTERS ONLY AVAILABLE IN 2.4L AND 3.0L MODEL ONLY!
The new Accordâ€™s chassis has been increased by 60mm, resulting in a long wheelbase of 2,800mm, compared to the Toyota Camryâ€™s 2,775mm. The Accordâ€™s dimensions of 4,945mm length, 1,845mm width and 1,475mm height are also longer, wider but 5mm taller the Camryâ€™s 4,825mm length, 1,820mm width and 1,470mm height. The floor of the new 2008 Accord is now 15mm closer to the ground thanks to a redesigned exhaust routing layout, fuel tank design and thinner floor frame.
The prices for the new 2008 Honda Accord are as follows:
2008 Honda Accord 2.0 VTi – RM141,800.00
2008 Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L – RM171,800.00
2008 Honda Accord 3.5 V6 – RM249.800.00
Toyota Camry 2.0E – RM 141,109
Toyota Camry 2.0G – RM 151,246
Toyota Camry 2.4L – RM 170,745
HONDA CRV 2.0 litre i-VTEC – RM 147,800 OTR WITH INSURANCE
THE NEW BMW 320i SPORTS EDITION WAY TOO EXPENSIVE AT RM 245,800 ON THE ROAD PRICE
The new BMW SPORTS 2.0 liter inline-4 Valvetronic engine produces 156 horsepower vs 115 horsepower of a 2.0 litre Honda Accord.