It’s been more than two decades since Honda discontinued the Prelude two-door coupe, but now the Japanese carmaker is reportedly preparing to bring it back in all-electric form.
A rumour from Japanese publication BestCarWeb has indicated Honda will debut a successor to the Prelude in 2028 and it will be an electric vehicle (EV).
This Prelude successor will reportedly be built on a new EV platform and feature a “futuristic design”.
At this stage it’s unclear how much power and torque it will make, nor how fast it will be.
Honda previously teased this Prelude successor alongside what’s understood to be an NSX successor at its EV roadmap presentation in April this year.
Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe said during the event the company was “currently exploring the introduction of two sports models”, and referred to them as a “speciality” and “flagship” model.
BestCarWeb reports the Prelude successor is the speciality model, and the NSX successor is the flagship model.
This flagship NSX successor model has been long rumoured to be an EV, as hinted by Acura vice president and brand officer Jon Ikeda in August last year.
Honda is currently looking to go electric and fuel cell only by 2040 and plans to offer 30 EV models globally by 2030.
The Honda Prologue SUV, as well as a Acura-branded large SUV will launch in the North American market in 2024. Both of these models are being co-developed with General Motors.
Honda will introduce a total of ten new EV models by 2027 for the Chinese market, as previewed by its e:N concepts.
In its home market of Japan, Honda will introduce a “commercial-use mini-EV” in early 2024 for urban areas.
Honda also plans to introduce “affordable EVs with cost and range as those of gasoline-powered vehicles”, through its alliance with GM, starting from North America in 2027.
By 2030, the Japanese carmaker plans to be producing more than two million EVs globally every year.