Honda CEO confirms company is working on EV performance cars
Model could replace NSX or offer new S2000 experience
The CEO of Honda has confirmed that the company is working on an electric sports car. The new model is set to be a halo model for its 0 Series lineup, and could mean the next generation of the NSX.
Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe told Autocar about the new model. He said that Honda is “researching sports cars in the EV era” and that the company already has a sports car at its research and development center.
Mibe said that an EV sports car would “have a completely different taste” from any previous high-performance Honda. The exec hinted that a big part of the R&D going into the model is looking at how an electric sports car can be a good drive and have its own character.
“We have not decided on mass production or timing,” he told Autocar, “but, personally, I would like to make it happen.”
Acura has already previewed an electric sports car, teased late last year looking like a futuristic version of the second-generation NSX. Two electric supercars from Honda seems like a strange move, so this could well be the same car. Sold in Acura markets wearing that badge and others with an H on the hood. Again, just like the NSX.
Of course, a new Honda sports EV could be an S2000 replacement instead. Finding a new way to define the 9,000 RPM character of that car in the modern era would certainly be an engineering challenge.