WHAT IT IS: Honda plans to launch two electric sports cars in the medium term. The first is dubbed a “specialty model,” and based on the teaser image Honda shared, it looks like it will have the proportions of a smaller, more affordable sports car. The return of the S2000 doesn’t sound like a crazy idea, especially when everyone is resurrecting old model names. This will be the company’s first electric sports car, but not its only one. The second model will serve as a halo, and based on its proportions, it looks like an Acura NSX with a wilder form. Honda hasn’t said if both cars will carry the Honda brand name, but given the NSX falls under Acura for the North American market, it won’t surprise us to see such a strategy continue.
WHY IT MATTERS: As everyone goes electric, Honda has been one of the most conservative automakers to make the change. This move puts Honda on the radar, as the Japanese company aims to sell more than 500,000 electric vehicles in North America by 2030. With the Acura NSX leaving production after the 2022 model year, this electric halo car could mark its return. And who won’t be excited by an S2000-inspired electric car?
PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: It’s too early to know the details, but these two cars will be based on Honda’s own electric vehicle platform, dubbed e:Architecture. Yes, Honda is working with General Motors to launch two SUVs—the Prologue and an unnamed Acura crossover—but the two sports models will be developed completely by Honda. We estimate each car will have at least 300 miles of range and a scintillating driving experience.
ESTIMATED PRICE: The “specialty model” should start at less than $50,000, but the halo model will most likely cost more than $150,000.
EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: 2026 for the small model and 2027 for the halo car.