While I can’t say much for Honda’s concept-naming strategy, the company certainly knows how to make a retro-future-inspired dream machine. When the Urban EV Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, everyone wondered, “Why don’t we have more cars that look like this?’”
The two-tone hatchback was the perfect balance of new tech and vintage charm, yielding something semi-fantastical that still felt totally grounded.
Using that design language once again, Honda has brought theÂ Sports EV Concept to the Tokyo Motor Show. Possessing an equally uninventive name, the Sports EV harkens back toÂ a different automotive era. Similar to the Urban concept, which seemed to be a modernized interpretation of the first-generation Civic or S600, the bodywork of the sporting model is pure Toyota 2000GTÂ â€” although not so much as to get anyone into legal trouble.Â
It’s sexy, swoopy, and just square enough to remind you that the late 1960s was a pretty good time for automotive design. Exceptionally small, theÂ two-seat sports coupe rides on architecture similar to that of the Urban EV and would be targeted at the Mazda MX-5 were it enter production. How likely that is to happen is anyone’s guess, though.
Honda has already stated that a production Urban EV is forthcoming for select markets in 2020, so a buyable Sport EV doesn’t appear to be out of the question. However, Honda has kept its lips sealed on the model thus far. We don’t have any details on its power source other than it will be electric â€” eitherÂ completely or as part of a hybrid system. The manufacturer has said it incorporates artificial intelligence with the specific aim to achieve “unity with the car.”
While we’re less excited aboutÂ computerizedÂ intrusions into the driving experience of a sports vehicle, we’ll wait to see exactly what Honda means by this before passing judgement. Hopefully, the manufacturer can clarify what this brand of A.I. will look like and give us some hints as to what will live beneath the hood of this lovely little fastback.