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Tokyo 2017: Honda revives the S2000 spirit with the Sport EV Concept

Tokyo 2017: Honda revives the S2000 spirit with the Sport EV Concept image

Vince Pornelos / Vince Pornelos | October 25, 2017 12:54

New all-electric sports car concept signals exciting future for electric driving

The future of all-electric driving is not going to be bland if Honda has something to say about it.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has just revealed the Sport EV Concept, a two-door sports car with the styling cues of retro coupes but is powered by a state-of-the-art all-electric drive system.

Tokyo 2017: Honda revives the S2000 spirit with the Sport EV Concept

“This Sports EV Concept is a new proposal from Honda, a company which always -regardless of the requirements of the times-, wants to provide its customers with the joy of driving, at the will of the driver, with a sporty and exhilarating driving experience.” said Mr. Takahiro Hachigo, CEO of the Honda Motor Company. 

The Sport EV Concept blends the design cues more commonly associated with retro coupes with the long hood, the shooting brake rear, wide wheel arches and a short rear deck. The headlights, the overall silhouette, and even the squared off taillights speak of a very retro vehicle.

Tokyo 2017: Honda revives the S2000 spirit with the Sport EV Concept

The Sport EV Concept appears to have more in common with the proportions of the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ. Like the exterior, the Sport EV Concept features a very modern cabin with some unique styling cues, with the futuristic dashboard provides a striking contrast with the retro design elements on the exterior.

Like the exterior, the Sport EV Concept features a very modern cabin with some unique styling cues, with the futuristic dashboard provides a striking contrast with the retro design elements on the exterior. 

Tokyo 2017: Honda revives the S2000 spirit with the Sport EV Concept

What's unique about the Sport EV is a newly developed all-electric powertrain. Honda says they can develop this EV concept into an exciting zero emission sportscar for the future. Furthermore, the Sports EV Concept is intended to feature the company's new Honda Automated Network Assistant; a system that is designed to integrate the driver with the car using artificial intelligence. 

Honda has yet to release any claimed performance data, battery range, and other information, but the dimensions, the styling and the proportions point to a successor to the S2000 albeit in shooting brake form. Timeime will tell if it will take the mantle of the great S2000 roadster.