Honda to Show the New Prelude At Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Late last year, Honda showed off a stunning Prelude concept that many initially expected to arrive as an EV. While many concepts never see the light of day as production vehicles, the automaker plans to release the car as a hybrid, but only in Europe – for now.

The production car looks almost identical to the concept, though the new red paint is a striking change from the white Prelude we saw last year. We still don’t have a look at the car’s interior, as Honda left the windows darkly tinted, and the automaker hasn’t shared any specs for the new vehicle.

Initially, there was plenty of talk – and some disappointment – that Honda planned to revive the Prelude as a wimpy hybrid or EV, but the company has some promising powertrains in its stable that could make the car quite the performer if it comes to the States. As Motor1 noted, the Civic Hybrid’s setup could bring 200 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque, essentially making the Prelude a Civic coupe variant.

Honda plans to display the new ‘Lude at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which starts later this week. As far as a release date is concerned, the automaker has only promised that the car would arrive in the “mid-2020s,” so that could mean Americans will be waiting a few years to get it, if it comes at all.

[Images: Honda Europe]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Ollicat Ollicat 6 days ago

    For Europe only???

  • Slavuta Slavuta 6 days ago

    "essentially making the Prelude a Civic coupe variant" how exciting!! Not. May be the most exciting part is that cursive Panamera in the back... then, that is not it

  • Bd2 If they let me and the boyz roll around naked in their dealership I'll buy a Chinese car.
  • THX1136 I would not 'knowingly' purchase a Chinese built or brand. I am somewhat skeptical of actual build quality. What I've seen in other Chinese made products show them to be of low quality/poor longevity. They are quite good at 'copying' a design/product, but often they appear to take shortcuts by using less reliable materials and/or parts. And , yes, I know that is not exclusive to Chinese products. When I was younger 'made in Japan' was synonymous with poor quality (check John Entwistle's tune 'Made in Japan' out for a smile). This is not true today as much of Japan's output is considered very favorably and, in some product types, to be of superior quality. I tend to equate the same notion today for things 'made in China'.
  • Mike Beranek No, but I'm for a world where everyone, everywhere buys cars (and everything else) that are sourced and assembled regionally. Shipping big heavy things all over the planet is not a solution.
  • Jeffrey No not for me at this time
  • El scotto Hmm, my VPN and security options have 12-month subscriptions. Car dealers are not accountable to anyone except the owner. Of course, the dealer principles are running around going "state of the art security!", "We need dedicated IT people!" For the next 12 months. The hackers can wait.