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Honda Prelude is Coming Back, in Hybrid Form – Concept Will be Showcased At Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The Honda Prelude is making a comeback, this time as a hybrid. The revival of this iconic model was announced at the Tokyo Mobility Show in October 2023, where a striking concept was unveiled. Initially thought to be a pure electric vehicle, the Prelude concept revealed itself as a hybrid coupe. While the availability of the production model in the US remains uncertain, it has been confirmed that Europe will definitely see this new Prelude on its roads.

In addition to this announcement, Honda has revealed a vibrant red version of the concept car. This new color gives the vehicle a sportier look compared to the original white, highlighted further by the red brake calipers showcasing the Brembo branding. The subtle carbon fiber body kit, complete with a discreet rear spoiler, enhances the fresh paint job. The concept also retains the sleek black 20-inch wheels from last year’s model.

Despite the excitement, Honda has been reluctant to reveal the interior of the Prelude, as indicated by the blacked-out windows. However, the presence of regular side mirrors suggests that the concept is close to its production form. This indicates a high likelihood that the design won’t see significant changes when it finally hits the market.

Technical details remain sparse, with Honda keeping specifics under wraps. The latest press release teases the Prelude’s promise of an optimal balance between driving dynamics and fuel efficiency but stops short of providing concrete specifications. Chief Engineer Tomoyuki Yamagami has clarified that the new Prelude is not intended to be a high-performance sports car, tempering expectations of a track-ready vehicle.

The sixth-generation Prelude is being designed for both left- and right-hand-drive markets. Honda has confirmed it will be a four-seater, although the coupe’s sleek roofline suggests a 2+2 seating arrangement. There is speculation that the Prelude could be a coupe variant of the hybrid Civic, which currently offers a combined output of 200 hp and 232 lb-ft from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors. Given the Prelude’s sporty ambitions, it would be fitting for Honda’s engineers to enhance these figures.

Ahead of the production model’s expected release in the mid-2020s, the red Honda Prelude concept will be showcased at the Goodwood Festival of Speed from July 11-14. This appearance is set to further fuel anticipation and excitement for this modern revival of a classic nameplate.

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