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CL7 Honda Accord Euro R - The Blue M&M

One sweet morsel that melts the competition

Micah Wright
Sep 6, 2013

Well, slap my ass and call me Susan. I think I am in love. This hard blue candy-coated CL7 is one hell of a sweet ride. For years I have dreamed of owning a car like this, and recently I picked up my first TSX to act as a daily driver. Sadly, my American version of the Accord is a mere shadow of what you see here, but the lines are still there, and so is the engineering. For those of you who have read my previous works for HT, you are well aware of my affinity for any of Honda's lesser-loved and more rare chassis. Maybe it's just the uncompromisingly stubborn side of my psyche, but I like the overlooked or unattainable. And that is exactly what you have here: a completely racebuilt, RHD, JDM, Mugen, Spoon, and M&M Honda-equipped "Acura TSX," complete with a Euro R badge and a ton of attitude. This car is so rare that most of us will never know what it feels like to drive one; and unless your pocketbook and interest in a portly chassis are more than overly abundant, you will never have the chance to build one. So what's the next best thing? I recommend that you sit back, open up a bag of your favorite hard-shelled chocolate candy, and indulge in the many sweet sights that await your retina.

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So let's start things off by analyzing the decadent core of this outlandishly tasty treat. Built entirely by M&M Honda of Japan, this CL7 was designed to be both a street-legal head turner and a total track monster. It retains all of the luxurious amenities that originally attracted me to my CL9 here in the States (i.e., AC, PS, power windows, etc.), while still managing to lose a few hundred kilos of unwanted weight in the process. Meanwhile, the Euro R's lusty K20 powerplant has been stroked to match its USDM brethren's 2.4-liter displacement specs, and an exquisite ITB setup and forged internals were installed to sharpen the grunt buried beneath the throttle. This Accord has received an eye-catching assortment of aero parts, the entire exhaust system has become titanium in nature, and it is all part of a master plan. What you need to know, my curious comrades, is that this car was originally built for one reason and one reason only: to be faster than a Type R and become the fastest street-legal Accord in all of Japan. Well, that is one hell of a tall order y'all. Type R Hondas of all kinds weigh a fraction of what the CL7 weighs, and they will outhandle the Euro R at every turn. So what to do, what to do? After M&M Honda stroked it, the company opted to install some much stiffer suspension and custom bushings on all four corners of the car, along with some insanely wide wheels to help put the power to the pavement. From there, the M&M crew installed a Haltech EMS in order to provide the widest possible range of tuning adjustment. So where does this put them in their quest to be faster than the average Type R, and what does this do for their ranking in that treacherous climb to the top of the street-legal Accord class? The answer will surprise you.

In recent years, this CL7 has destroyed countless CTRs, ITRs, and fellow Euro Rs. It has spanked the competition at tracks across Japan, Time Attack records have been smashed, and heads have been turned at every stoplight and intersection in between. This car gets driven to the track, where it gets pushed to the limits and beyond, and then, when the smoke clears, it gets driven home-trailers need not apply. Right from the street to the track, all M&M has to do is sign in, go through tech inspection, get to the paddock for a little preparation, and it's off to the races to kick a little Type R ass for a few hours.

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A long list of Toda internals bring the K20 up to a 2.4L topped off with Toda’s legendary ITB kit.

And kick ass it does. Back in 2011 this sedan destroyed the competition at Suzuka Circuit by putting down a solid lap time of 2:27:9, and then it came back to stun the opposition at Fuji International Speedway in 2012 with a time attack lap time of 2:01:4. To wrap it all up last year, this CL7 blew away the opposition with another highly respectable 1:04:4 at the infamous Tsukuba Circuit. And even though M&M Honda's 2013 plans for this beast of an Accord are still shrouded in secrecy, one thing is for certain: It now holds the title for having the fastest street-legal Honda Accord in all of Japan. So while you chew on that little tidbit of info for a minute, allow me to give you a brief rundown on why this car can claim that title.

As I mentioned earlier, this CL7 is chock-full of Toda internals to keep that stroked, high-compression K24 safely pumping out the horsepower. Everything from the titanium valvetrain down to the carbon clutch is reinforced by Toda; and what isn't supported by Toda is Mugen in nature, or a one-off creation courtesy of M&M Honda. Oodles of M&M Honda bushings stiffen the chassis and improve handling; Ohlins one-off dampers handle the hard corners. Stopping power is a six-pot AP Racing concoction that grasps ahold of M&M Honda oversize rotors.

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Hauling ass across Japan in the fastest Accord ever made sure must be fun, but looking good while you're doing it is also quite important. M&M Honda loves the lines of the Euro R, so it decided to accentuate them, piecing together a body kit that is just...breathtaking. Save for a Spoon Sports front bumper and the Mugen side skirts, everything on the outside of this car is an M&M Honda original. Custom fenders were crafted to follow the OEM lines of the Accord while still allowing enough room for the massive 10.5-inch-wide TE37SL wheels to fit. For some additional pop, the car was sprayed Long Beach Blue Pearl. Original undertrays were fabbed up to reduce resistance, and acrylic windows installed to fight obesity.

So before I leave you, be sure to look this car over from top to bottom, and as your eyes languish in the Long Beach Blue Pearl embodiment of this Euro R, know full well that it is only going to get better. In fact, one day it may just go down in history as the best Honda Accord ever built. Now that would be sweet...

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K20, stroked to 2.4L
Haltech EMS
Toda Sports injection (ITBs)
Toda high-compression pistons
Toda rods
Ported/polished head
Toda cams
Toda valvesprings
Toda retainers
Cosworth high-compression head gasket
Toda VTC control cam gear
Toda heavy-duty timing chain
Toda race header
M&M Honda 70mm titanium exhaust
M&M Honda engine damper
M&M Honda radiator hose kit
Mugen thermostat
Mugen thermo switch
Transmission cooler kit
Smar oil catch tank
4, 5, 6 cross transmission set
5.T final gear kit
LSD carbon spec MR
Toda carbon clutch spec MR
M&M Honda clutch pedal reinforcement

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Suspension
M&M Honda-spec Ohlins shocks
M&M Honda-spec Ohlins springs
M&M Honda custom bushings throughout
Spoon Sports front shock tower bar
Aluminum upper mount spring sheet

Resistance
AP Racing 6-pot front brakes
M&M Honda/AP Racing two-piece big rotor
AP Racing brake pads
Stainless mesh brake lines
Wheels & Tires
Volk TE37SL 18x10.5 +22
Advan A050 265/35-18 (M compound)

Exterior
M&M Honda carbon hood
M&M Honda carbon trunk
M&M Honda carbon front diffuser
M&M Honda custom front fenders
M&M Honda custom rear fenders
M&M Honda front underpanel
M&M Honda flat bottom tray
M&M Honda carbon GT wing
Spoon Sports front bumper
Mugen side skirts
M&M Honda front/rear towhook

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Interior
Recaro TS-G and RS-G seats
Takata 4-pt harnesses
M&M Honda acrylic windows
M&M Honda seatback plate
M&M Honda trunk room gusset plate
MOMO steering wheel
Mugen quick shifter
Mugen shift knob

Owner Specs

Daily Grind
Building and racing every imaginable Honda

Favorite Site
youtube.com

Building Hondas
30+ years

Screen Name
www.facebook.com/MandMHonda

Dream Car
F1 Honda race car

Inspiration for this Build
To build Japan's fastest street-legal Accord

Future Builds
Too many to count

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M&M Honda

For those of you Honda fans outside of Fukuoka, Japan, here's a little background on M&M Honda. Specializing in creating go-fast goods for Hondas has been this company's specialty for over 30 years now, and it has built and raced almost everything imaginable. So if you need something for your Civic, Accord, S2000, or Integra, these guys are definitely worth a look. One-off creations are abundantly available if the price is right, and they never shy away from obscure builds like the Honda Beat or the City Turbo II, for example. Wondering how you can get your grubby little hands on some of this awesomeness? Well, you're in luck as all of M&M's parts are distributed through Wired Electronics of New Jersey. If you want to pick something up, drop the guys at Wired Electronics a line and tell them HT sent you!

Wired Electronics: wirednj.com

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Sources

Toda Racing/Misano Motor Sports
949-336-6299
http://www.todaracingusa.com
Rays Engineeiring/Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.mackin-ind.com
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