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2026 Honda Prelude Confirmed for U.K.

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2026 Honda Prelude Confirmed for U.K. Honda
  • Honda confirmed the sixth-generation Prelude will be sold in the U.K. as early as next year.

  • The Prelude concept will be shown in Europe for the first time this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

  • While Honda hasn't confirmed powertrain specifics, it has clarified the new version will utilize hybrid power—likely Honda's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

While we're still waiting in the land of stars and stripes for Honda to confirm a production version of the sixth-generation Prelude, the automaker announced the little coupe's return across the pond. The Prelude concept will make its first public appearance in Europe at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week before reportedly going on sale in the U.K. as early as next year.

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Updated photos of the Prelude show the l0w-slung coupe finished in a vibrant red compared to the white finish shown on the original concept car. Our eyes aren't able to discern any changes beyond the color, though that's not terribly surprising given how production-ready the concept car looked at its reveal.

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While Honda is still refraining from divulging powertrain specifics, the company previously confirmed that the Prelude Concept features a hybrid unit. We expect the production version to make use of the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and hybrid system found in the CR-V, Accord, and Civic Hybrid models. And while we're hopeful the Prelude will make more than the 204 horsepower from the Accord and 200 horsepower from the Civic Hybrid, a previous statement from Honda large project chief engineer Tomoyuki Yamagami tempered our expectations.

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Speaking to Australia's CarsGuide in November 2023, Yamagami said the new Prelude "isn’t going to be the sportiest, zippiest car that's going to be tossed into the circuits." In the same interview, he told the outlet the Prelude is being developed as a four-seater, much like the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86. Unlike either of those cars, the Prelude is expected to power the front wheels.

More recently, Yamagami told Autocar, "We believe the practicality needs of the customer are important. However, we as Honda have always sought the joy of driving. And we believe personal mobility cannot be without the joy of operating, the joy of driving itself. That’s our core DNA."

With that settled, could we please get a sales confirmation for North America?

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