Honda pulled the wraps off a surprise Prelude concept at Japan Mobility Show 2023 in Tokyo Wednesday morning. The concept is a revival of the Japanese automaker's iconic coupe, which was last on the new car market over 20 years ago.
Though details are slim, this new Prelude concept is what Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe calls pushing "the "joy of driving" into the full-fledged electrified future."
"Honda has always been committed to creating sporty vehicles," Mibe said during a press conference. "And the word "prelude" means an "introductory or preceding performance." 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. The Prelude Concept is a specialty sports model that will offer exhilarating experience that makes you want to keep going forever and extraordinary excitement you never felt before."
The last time the Prelude was on the U.S. market, it was a front-wheel-drive two-door coupe that packed a 200-horsepower inline-four. From the looks of things, this modern concept maintains the slim two-door coupe figure, though with more rounded edges than the previous generation had. Its figure seems almost Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR86-esque.
This concept's unveiling is an exciting moment for enthusiasts. As more and more car manufacturers push their model range toward full electrification, it's nice to be reminded that the passion for driving and sports cars isn't being forgotten. Let's just hope the Type SH makes a return as well.
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