After Honda's little Urban EV concept rocked the Frankfurt motor show, the brand had a lot to live up to at its home display – the Tokyo motor show. It's therefore arrived with what should be a winning formula – an all-electric sports car, with cheeky styling to match the Urban EV.
It's called the Honda Sports EV Concept, and recalls the styling of the S600 and S800 coupes of the 1960s. Up front, it has the same cheeky retro-inspired face as the Urban EV, but from there-on back it's a much more conventional 'sports car' – smooth curves, a sleek, sloping roofline, and long bonnet.
Don't be fooled by the bonnet though, as there's no engine lying beneath it. Instead, the Sports EV looks to the future with an all-electric powertrain. It's the same platform as the Urban EV concept, and while Honda hasn't revealed performance or range details for either, it's likely that the cars would feature fairly modest power outputs in-keeping with their urban settings.
Without a snarling combustion engine under the hood, it's likely the Sports EV would be positioned near the lower end of Honda's performance range – underneath the NSX and Civic Type R, but above the tiny S660, which is only sold in Japan.
There's been no word from Honda on whether the Sports EV will make it into production, despite the brand confirming a 2019 production date for its Urban EV sibling. However, with the brand targeting electrification for two-thirds of its car range by 2030, it could be a stepping stone to a sporty, electrified future.