You're comparing apples and oranges.
I don't think you have ever driven a Celica GT-S with the 2zzge motor, or have you?
It is a very lazy car, and is considered "unusually slow" by many enthusiasts. 6spd manual; requires a lot of thought while driving to extract the 180hp. It requires a LOT of pedal to extract any kind of power. Ontop of that, Celica GTS will do the quarter mile in roughly the same time, 15.7. Yes, even weighing in at 2,500 pounds, 180hp VVTL-i motor, and a 6-speed manual tranny, the 3,200 pound VTEC V6 200hp motor still has enough power to propel it just as fast, if not faster.
The AV6 with 195 ft-lbs of torque is more than enough fun to drive, even when mated with our 4spd automatics. I used to drive a sports coupe with a Porsche-tuned suspension, lowered on Intrax race springs and Eibach AGX shocks, and although it handled amazingly, I am slowly easing my way out of the "sport coupe" scene with a slow transition to sports luxury.
Feeling every crevice on the road is one thing if you're into that, but the suspension is dampened to make it feel like you're driving on a cloud. As sport-car oriented as I still am, I still find the handling in the Accord well engineered for what it's designed to do. The roads around here are just too harsh for a stiff ride.
6th gen Av6 is the answer. I just bought a 2000 Accord V6 coupe in silver, with a black leather interior. I feel like I'm making 6 digit figures, and I paid no more than $7k for my V6 coupe. I'm still young and I crave power, and the Accord V6 is more than enough.
This is very silly review as such. The Accord V6 is not to be scoffed at, or compared to small cars. Saloon are a different subject, and are treated as such.
The Honda Torneo sir has the sports you wanted. Research on the car would have proved that. Instead of trashing the car because of a mistake.