Honda has begun the first steps towards full electrification – and now the company has announced that it is working on a pair of sports EVs, including the spiritual successor to the current NSX supercar.
The Japanese firm’s existing flagship – the second generation of the NSX – has less than a year to run before it goes out of production. It was one of the first mid-engine supercars to receive hybrid power, producing more than 570bhp from its V6 engine-based powertrain.
Honda President Toshihiro Mebe unveiled a successor plan during a video presentation that outlines a massive investment in a wide-ranging electric car project, including a new joint venture that would partner the firm with General Motors in EV for the American market.
Speaking in front of the shady teaser of two low-slang vehicles, Mibe said, “We are considering launching two sports models worldwide. [market] – A specialty and a flagship, model that embodies Honda’s universal sports mentality and distinctive features. We will work tirelessly to develop those models to meet expectations. “
The teaser features two distinct body styles, with one model – probably the NSX successor – maintaining a mid-engine supercar profile, and the other looking like a GT. Mibe did not elaborate on the powertrain or battery power – and he was careful not to predict when the cars would arrive. Despite its use of the word ‘global’, it is not certain which car will reach the UK; Honda will probably first focus on Chinese and American-market customers.
Given the relatively high position of both sports models, it seems that Honda could use them to introduce solid-state batteries, with many touted advantages including the possibility of more compact packaging and faster recharge speeds. In the same presentation, the company said it was investing more than £ 260m in a plant to make these cells and that it aims to sell electric vehicles featuring sales technology in the second half of the decade. The firm has previously felt comfortable with a gap in the timeline of the NSX model; It launched the current model more than 10 years after the original generation stopped production.
The global announcement follows a recent European-centric presentation during which Honda announced plans to launch a B-segment EV based on the e-Ny1 prototype for the market in 2023.
Honda is not the first big Japanese-market player to showcase the future electric sports car; Both Lexus and Toyota unveiled the concept of this type of vehicle during an EV showcase earlier this year, the first of two brands to confirm that an all-electric successor to its V10-engine LFA supercar will arrive by 2030.
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