Honda enthusiasts rejoiced as the automaker unveiled a concept version of the long-awaited Prelude at this year’s Tokyo auto show. While Honda officially referred to it as a concept, many believe it closely resembles a near-production prototype.
Despite its sleek and sporty appearance, the new Prelude might not be the ultimate track performer, contrary to initial assumptions. Honda’s large project chief engineer, Tomoyuki Yamagami, disclosed in an interview with Australia’s Cars Guide that the forthcoming Prelude won’t be the type of car that conquers circuits. This statement suggests that it won’t directly compete with popular models like the Subaru BRZ or Toyota GR86. However, it doesn’t imply that the Prelude is lacking excitement; rather, it positions the car below Honda’s high-performance offerings such as the Civic Type R and Acura Integra Type S. Yamagami also mentioned that the Prelude will be designed as a four-seater, with a second row featuring two seats.
The revived Prelude is expected to fill the void left by the discontinued coupe variants of the Civic and Accord models. Sitting between the agile Type R and the comfortable Accord coupe, the Prelude is poised to be an economic front-wheel-drive GT car, appealing to those seeking a balance between performance and everyday usability.