Honda Sports EV Concept: Should They Build It?

Honda seems to have the right idea on how to make an electric car, judging by their second attempt with the Sports EV concept.

Following the really handsome Urban EV concept that debuted at the last Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Sports EV concept retains the clean look of its sibling, only now it throws some classic sports-car proportions into the mix.

The concept is about the same size with the Mazda MX-5 and features a long bonnet and a cabin that sits closer to the rear axle while adopting a sloping roofline that meets the rear end in true Jaguar-E-Type style.

Sadly Honda didn’t reveal the technical details of their new concept, saying only that the Sports EV combines “a highly responsive electric power unit” with an “easy to handle compact body”.

There’s also a “Honda Automated Network Assistant” onboard that’s based on AI technology in order to create a better connection between the driver and the car. Honda is currently developing a new dedicated EV platform which will underpin the company’s upcoming electric models, with the first one being the production version of the Urban EV concept in 2019.

Having the platform ready and waiting means that the chances of actually seeing the Sports EV concept reaching production are quite good, with rumors talking about a launch around 2020. If you want a cool electric alternative to the Miata, this might be your lucky day.

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  • renesis 16x

    Yes, and they should also apply this minimalistic design language to all of their cars.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Brilliant

  • Craig

    I say… NO. Because it’s not all that good looking. It’s a mishmash of other designs. I see an old Porsche 928 in the profile view of the roof. A early Mustang from the rear 3/4 view. The front end looks like a combination of a Jeep Renegade a Toyota 2000GT. And if you squint [or have another drink] the front fenders hint of a 1977 Corvette.

    • renesis 16x

      So basically, they shouldn’t built it because it looks like some of the best looking sport cars ever made? People are really weird…

      • Craig

        Because all mixed together – it looks like shit.

        • renesis 16x

          Maybe you should drop the booze…

          • Craig

            It’s puffy little marshmallow. With BIG eyes!

          • renesis 16x

            I see you haven’t taken my advice to heart…

    • Six_Tymes

      you dont see 60’s camaro headlights?

      • Craig

        Just a minute. Let me have another drink.

  • That Ross Chap

    Yes they should build it.

    No, they won’t.

  • cooper

    Wow, Honda is going in wrong direction when it comes to design. First the Civic turd r and not this. Just comical cars.

  • Honda NSX-R

    They definitely should!

  • CAN’T HURT. A SMALL ELECTRIC WITHOUT A LOT OF UNNECESSARY STUFF SHOULD DO WELL.
    AS MUCH A I ADMIRE WHAT TESLA HAS DONE ALL ELECTRIC CARS DON’T NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOUR THINKING.

  • Absolutely Build It

    It’s a new styling vocabulary that’s fresh and different.

  • Big Black Duck

    they should build this…but please change those rims

    • KareKakk

      Yup… all-white multirib rims is a winner.

  • Jerry Hightower

    Build it! It’s void of any fins, spoiler, blades scoops or whatever they’re slapping on vehicles today!

    • NOT EVEN A COUPLE FAKE AIR INTAKES FOR OLD TIMES SAKE?

  • TheBelltower

    Absolutely. It’s a goofy looking little thing, similar to an old BMW 2002, and I like it!

    • SteersUright

      But dont saddle it with 130hp and sad performance, like they tend to do. Give it a proper 250hp+ option and some real mojo and this could be an amazing little sports car option.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        New S2K fuel right there…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yes. An all electric sports car sans Tesla’s teething pains should be fun. Plus, the styling is pleasantly simple.

  • SgtBeavis

    I don’t hate the design but I think the Urban EV just worked a lot better. I don’t think I would buy either of them except as an extra grocery getter vehicle. I’m pretty sure our family’s first EV will be the VW MicroBus. This is because my wife will kill me if I don’t buy it for her.

    BTW, what is going on with that hood?

  • 77S30Z

    NO. People and the support systems aren’t ready for full battery only cars yet. But, YES if:
    1) they make it full electric with one of their sweet little generators integrated into the vehicle that can be removed or added at will. Or..
    2) plug in hybrid. Or..
    3) keep it gas and use the full range of civic engine options.

    MAYBE 10 years from now the world will be ready but by then who cares anymore.
    I do like the styling though. Looks good to my eye.

  • Bash

    Yes they definitely should.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It’s a shame that automakers run away from these beautiful retro designs, as if they wouldn’t sell in today’s market where every car looks like a cousin of every other car.

  • YeahNo

    Like the idea of a minimalistic car, but… make it a 4-door saloon with a reasonable price. The world does NOT need yet another 2-door sportscar. Most cannot afford them, so… how about building some for us too?

  • OD. LP

    Kinda looks like the Nissan IDX-Concept, and I love it… Therefore I absolutely love that Honda copied them on the design language. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e7e2e143d2ee3b91968483d5254ecdc796840fa7db6082e110ead59fafe8672.jpg

  • Vanishing Boy

    Couldn’t care less. Haven’t they learned from the CR-Z!? I guess not…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      And yet, you comment.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Who would have thought that a SIMPLE Honda design would look the best?

    Build it guys.

  • Marty

    Yes. Sort of. Car design needs a new direction were you remove details until you instead of adding them. This is one way to do it.

  • KareKakk

    Honda PreludE.

    A no-brainer to get this into production,

  • appleimmune

    Sure is nicer looking than anything they currently build.. That also applies to their luxury line Acura, excluding the NSX

  • Tenzin Pelha

    Make it a rear wheel drive and it should be all sorts of fun! compete with Tesla and help bring the price down.

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