The Prelude was a 2+2 sports car mostly based on the chassis of the Accord but with a slightly sportier suspension and a more aggressive look. Even though the car was selling quite well, Honda decided to discontinue the model altogether and replace it in certain markets with the more sensible Accord Coupe. Well, it now seems that the car might be resurrected with the 2017 Honda Prelude Concept which is expected to be showcased by the end of the year and put into production by the end of 2020. This time around rumors suggest that the car will not be based on the front wheel drive chassis of the Accord but instead it will share most of its mechanical components with the S2000 but it will have a slightly longer wheelbase.
This would be a rather aggressive move by Honda but it would certainly make sense in today’s market where many people do prefer sportier looking cars. If the rumors of it being based on the S2000 chassis become true then it means that the Prelude will be in fact a rear wheel drive car which would be quite nice considering the price would hover around $30,000. This would put it in the same class with the Mustang but the Prelude would like appeal at the people wanting something a bit more refined than the raw Mustang.
DESIGN OF 2017 HONDA PRELUDE CONCEPT
So far we haven’t heard a word from Honda but despite that the future 2017 Honda Prelude Concept is certainly going to be impressive, especially after we take a close look at most of their other cars. Just like with the previous model which had its own design scheme, the new generation of the car is very likely going to employ the same tactic, so instead of looking like a hardtop version of the S2000 the car will definitely get an entirely new front end, likely similar to that of the last generation, a more aggressive rear end as well as pillar-less doors and likely a sloping roof to create the effect of a longer car. The rather long hood of the S2000 is unlikely going to be offered on the Prelude but considering that the two will share a lot of components this might not be true.
Because it will be a more luxurious approach at the usual sporty coupe, the Prelude will still offer the usual bucket seats and all the regular features of a sports car. However, the materials as well as the actual available space are both going to be well above the average and even though the car may share some parts with the S2000, it will offer a quieter and nicer cabin than pretty much any of its direct rivals, basically reviving the personal luxury coupe.
Unlike the Mustang or its future competitors, the 2017 Honda Prelude Concept is unlikely going to get large V6 or V8 engines but instead Honda will most likely focus on fuel efficiency and raw performance. Our best bet would be that the base engine would be a rather new 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine good for close to 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. This would easily be outran by cars such as the Mustang but it would be more than enough for someone looking for good performance and a highly efficient engine. On top of that, a larger 2 liter turbocharged mill with close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque is also a possibility. This would be able to get the new Prelude to 60 MPH in as little as 5 seconds thanks to its rear wheel drive layout and a standard dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
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Here is video review of 2001 Honda Prelude