Today was the day we really starting putting the TSX and the Accord V6 6MT through their paces. We subjected them to the Tail of the Dragon on the Tennessee/North Carolina border and then to the Cherohala Skyway. For those that aren't familiar with the Tail of the Dragon (or US Rt 129 or Deal's Gap), its a spectacular collection of turns and elevation changes over a relatively short stretch of road (http://www.dealsgap.com or http://www.tailofthedragon.com).
Packing these hundreds of turns into such a short stretch of roadway creates a tremendous challenge for both machine and driver, and it gives us the best possible means to ascertain vehicle dynamics on a public road in the eastern United States. We made numerous runs up and down the Dragon getting lots of video. We were pretty safe too - we did have to deal with some people making illegal passes on a 2-lane road, but since we were at 8/10ths, we had margin to deal with those problems.
Both cars were similarly quick from point-to-point, but the TSX was a sheer handling joy while the Accord made up for its softer handling with superior horsepower. Perhaps more importantly, the TSX remained composed all day long, while we had to carefully manage the Accord, lest it erupt in billowing clouds of smoking brake pads (don't ask how we know). It wasn't that one car had inferior brakes to the other, it was just that the Accord was faster in a straight line and slower in the corners, so its brakes had to work a lot harder.
We've got some great video from our day at the Dragon's Tail, and we'll start posting it as soon as we possibly can. While we're editing the video, here are a few pictures for you to enjoy.