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2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP debuts at SEMA, coming to dealers next spring

Among the collection of modified Honda and Acura products at the 2012 SEMA Show was the 2013 Honda Accord HFP Coupe (Honda Factory Performance) – a special performance package that will be available in limited numbers at American Honda dealerships starting next spring.

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package begins on the outside, where a unique body kit that adds a front fascia with a chin spoiler, unique side skirts, a molded decklid spoiler and a rear fascia. This gives the Accord Coupe a far more aggressive look and stance while a set of bright silver 19” HFP aluminum wheels cap off the exterior upgrades. That is, of course, not counting the HFP badges on the trunk lid and on the side skirts.

On the inside, the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package adds red ambient lighting and a set of bright red HFP branded floormats along with all of the amenities of the standard Coupe chosen to serve as the basis for each customer’s HFP Coupe build. Those who want to add some custom touch can also add illuminated door dill plates for $275 extra. The interior shown in the gallery on the right shows the Accord Coupe HFP with a two-tone leather package and the red floormats.

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package does not include any drivetrain modifications, which allows Honda to market this package to new Accord Coupes powered by both the 4- and 6-cylinder engines – with either the standard manual or optional automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder option packs 185 horsepower and 181lb-ft of torque while the optional V6 offers 278 horsepower and 252lb-ft of torque. None of that changes with the application of the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package. However, the HFP package does offer improved handling performance by means of a sport tuned suspension system that lowers the car by about a half inch – allowing the Accord HFP Coupe to have a sportier stance than other 2-door Accords.

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package carries an MSRP of $4,650 and that price does not include installation or the tires for the 19” Honda Factory Performance wheels. Installation will vary by location but with suspension components being involved along with the need to paint the new body panels – the dealership labor costs associated with this package could be steep. On top of that, a quick look at a major online tire retailer shows that a set of 19” tires for the new Accord Coupe could run anywhere from $750-$1,300 US dollars. This brings the cost of only the components of the Accord HFP Coupe up into the $6,000 range so those who want this tarted up Accord will be faced with a fairly significant bill at the end of the process. If we use a conservative figure of $500 for labor and a price of $5,650 (including $1,000 for four new tires), the price of this package sits right around $6,150 – and that is if you can get everything installed for only $500.

All of the components of the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package carry a standard 3 year/36,000 mile warranty and while the package is expensive – Honda plans to offer just 500 examples of this sporty Accord Coupe factory performance package. Expensive or not, there is no question that this package looks great and gives the Accord Coupe a very aggressive look. However, with a price that could very easily top $6,000, will new Accord Coupe owners be looking to add what amounts to an additional 20% to the price of their new car for a suspension package, wheels and a body kit? Only time will tell as the Accord HFP Coupe package should start arriving in American Honda dealerships during the spring of 2013.

Click any of the thumbnails above for a closer look at The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe HFP package at the 2012 SEMA Show.