Honda’s foremost high performance product will be the Ford GT-rivaling Acura/Honda NSX that will go into production next year. Following that, there could be a sports car positioned below the NSX, featuring an electric powertrain. Citing insiders, a fresh report from Autocar says that the Japanese automaker is planning a quad-motor (electric) sports car.
According to the report, the long gestation period for the NSX has allowed the company to start work on a number of other performance projects, including a smaller four-cylinder engine-based sports car, the successor to the S2000 and the aforementioned all-electric sports car that could feature the company’s next-gen SH-AWD torque distribution system. The S2000 roadster’s successor is a high priority project, it is reported.
Honda has developed an all-electric version of the NSX’s SH-AWD system, as per the report. It uses an onboard electric motor at each corner and mixes torque vectoring with four-wheel steering. This prototype system was demonstrated with a modified CR-Z at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb this year. The company allowed the journalists to test drive the race car’s tuned-down version on the eve of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and revealed that its end goal has always been its production version.
Speaking to the British publication, a senior project source said, ““we started this car back in 2012, not as a race car but as an all-electric sports car for public sales.”
“We are making every possible effort to make it to the market. More specifically, with the success at Pikes Peak we have verified that the testing period is completed. Now we have to think about the commercialisation of it.”
The production model will likely have a range of around 300 miles (483 km) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of between 3.5-4.0 seconds, suggests the report.