At last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda debuted its new electric vehicle platform by showing us the charming Urban EV Concept, a boxy, beguiling small hatchback with a family resemblance to the first Civic. Today at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda brought out the second concept to ride on this platform, the Sports EV Concept. And just look at it.
According to Automotive News, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo offered no details on the Sports EV Concept at its unveiling. “We haven’t decided any specifications, including the range, as well as when to release this car. This concept model simply represents our vision,” Hachigo said. “But if we were to introduce it, I would like to bring it first to the Japanese market.”
Honda described the Sports EV as having “a striking silhouette, friendly face and supple body surfaces, all designed to ensure the car blends into any lifestyle.” The Sports EV has the same minimalist retro vibe as the Urban EV Concept, but a more dramatic fastback roof, more pronounced front fenders, and a lower, wider stance.
To us, the Sports EV Concept evokes Honda’s first fastback, the lovely S600 Coupe of the mid-1960s shown above. The Sports EV translates that style into sleek modern proportions, with a profile and rear three-quarter view that call to mind modern coupes like the Mercedes-AMG GT and Jaguar F-Type. It’s undeniably handsome.
The Sports EV’s platform mate, the Urban EV, is headed to production in 2019, though only for Japanese and European markets. Speaking to Automotive News, Hachigo said that this short-range commuter probably isn’t well-suited to the US market.
The Sports EV Concept represents a big departure from Honda’s current design language, and it’s a refreshing change. We hope the Sports EV or something like it hits production, and we’d love to see it in the US.