The Type S designation is what Honda uses to brand its higher performance models. Although the badge once marked the 8000-rpm Acura RSX Type S, it will grace the hatch of the much-lower-revving European Accord Type diesel at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Under the hood of the Type S is a 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, the same engine that’s standard in the Euro Accord. In this model, power is up to 178 hp and 280 lb-ft. That’s an increase of 30 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque over the basic diesel. The bump in power comes from a revised turbocharger, a new cylinder head, and a larger intercooler.
In addition to the added power, the Type S will be distinguished by 18-inch aluminum wheels and clear indicator covers. Two new paint colors will also be offered: premium white pearl and Basque red.
Both sedan and wagon body styles of the Type S will be available with only a manual transmission. Performance, fuel economy, and emissions numbers are in the works, and pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, which is later this year.