The Prelude is was a two-door sports car made by Honda for little over two decades. The last model was made back in 2001 when it was discontinued due to not selling as great as Honda hoped. However, despite that the car received a cult following and there are a lot of people wanting for one.
Good models are starting to be quite hard to find and it seems that Honda is thinking at a successor to give these people what they want. You would think that the Accord Coupe is the perfect successor for such a car. However, it is not as sporty as the Prelude and it doesn’t give the driver the same feel which was the most important thing for the last Prelude.
What is it?
The rumored 2018 Honda Prelude Concept is expected to be released in the late 2017. However, a production model of the car will not hit the market up until at least 2020.
This should give them plenty of time to actually finish the design and come up with something great. All the previous models of the Prelude were front wheel drive cars.
It seems that the upcoming model won’t be. This is rather strange but it would mean the upcoming Prelude will become the car people always wanted.
It will be a two-door four seats coupe with rear wheel drive, the definition of a sports car.
The car is expected to share most of its platform with the future S2000 in which case it will become nothing short of amazing. Its price is still unknown but rumors always put it above $30,000.
The looks of 2018 Honda Prelude
So far not much is known about the design of the future 2018 Honda Prelude Concept. However, considering that this will be something special, it is safe to assume that it won’t be just another Accord Coupe.
There are some inside people suggesting that Honda might turn to the Acura NSX and release something very similar to it, at least in the front.
The back of the car will be styled similarly to the future S2000 which should add some continuity for Honda.The size of the car is currently unknown but it seems it might be just as large as before.
Inside the cabin
The previous model was combining looks, comfort, luxury and sportiness in the same package. The new Prelude shouldn’t change the recipe all that much.
The car is very likely going to get a similar feel, albeit with much better materials as well as a more modern interior.
The four passengers will likely benefit from individual seats while the actual equipment level should be a step above what is currently available on the Accord.
One of the iconic features of the Prelude has been the VTEC engine. Well, it is worth mentioning that the future 2018 Honda Prelude Concept should stick with the same type of engines.
However, this time around the car will also be turbocharged. The power levels should still be roughly on the same levels with competitors like the upcoming Toyota coupe.
The base engine expected to power the new Prelude is a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4. This should make close to 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque which coupled with the rear wheel drive and likely a six speed manual should make for a really interesting car.
Further up the range, a 2 liter turbocharged VTEC unit is expected as well. This debuted on the latest Type R Civic where it makes over 300 horsepower and close to 300 lb-ft of torque.
An automatic is quite likely as well in order to open a much broader market for the car. In any case, the performance levels will be on par with cars like the base Mustang or even the latest Camaro which is very impressive for a small Japanese 2-door coupe.