The impending launch of a new sports car by the Japanese giant to commemorate its 75th anniversary appears to have been teased during Monterey Car Week as an ‘Electric Vision Design Study‘. Acura, a sibling brand, released three images showcasing a sleek, low-profile coupe with a forward-cab design, reminiscent of the mid-engined NSX. It also features a rear light bar reminiscent of the Mk1 NSX. The outline closely aligns with a May 2022 preview, when Honda confirmed the development of a high-end, NSX-inspired model as part of its $61.6 billion electrification strategy.
According to Autocar, an Automotive Daily network partner, the firm is preparing to unveil this new sports car in celebration of its 75th anniversary. Honda’s Europe Vice President, Tom Gardner, emphasized the brand’s focus on being ‘advanced‘ and ‘sporty‘. While he refrained from disclosing the new model’s details, he hinted at its imminent arrival and its potential significance, drawing parallels with the past sports car, the S2000.
Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, affirmed Gardner’s statement, hinting at the exciting future of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance in the EV era. Since the model was not entirely revealed, it’s likely that the concept will be unveiled as part of the 75th-anniversary celebrations in late September.
While the successor to the NSX is generating buzz, the possibility of a revived S2000 remains. Reports of a new S2000 have circulated for years, and Honda has expressed its interest in developing sporty cars based on customer demand. The recent statements underline Honda’s commitment to a sports mindset and distinctive characteristics in the electrified era.