Honda Prelude revived as an all-electric coupe

Tokyo Motor Show plays host to Honda’s Prelude Concept

The return of the Honda Prelude sports car has come in the form of a new concept, revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. 

Honda President, Toshihiro Mibe, spoke of the Prelude Concept: “This model will become the Prelude for our future models, which will inherit the ‘joy of driving’ into the full-fledged electrified future, and embody Honda’s unalterable sports mindset.” 

Very little has been revealed about the Prelude Concept at this stage. We know it uses a fully-electric powertrain, but no technical details have been confirmed. An all-electric two-door coupe, the Prelude Concept has no direct rivals in production right now although we’ve seen plans for the Caterham Project V and Porsche’s electric Cayman. We expect the Prelude would undercut these models in terms of pricing however. 

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Instead of the rounded, retro styling of the Honda e and the Honda Sports EV concept from 2017, Honda has given the Prelude Concept a modern look with some design elements shared with its new all-electric SUV, the e:Ny1. 

The front end features a light bar that connects the headlight clusters, which themselves don’t look too dissimilar to the e:Ny1’s. There's an air duct situated low on the front bumper, and vents behind the front wheels. Unlike the Honda e, the Prelude Concept uses physical wing mirrors, but it does get flush-fitting door handles. 

At the rear there’s another full-width light bar, plus a small spoiler. Overall, the Prelude Concept looks pretty much production-ready from the outside, although Honda hasn’t revealed a release date for the car yet. 

Honda tells us to "keep our expectations high" for the new Prelude. If it does make production, it would be the sixth-generation of the sports car, while the last model phased out in 2001.

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