Honda has revealed the motorcycle-inspired concept it teased last month. The Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V is said to combine “the freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car,” and debuts next week at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show.
Combining Honda’s expertise in the two-wheel motorcycle and four-wheel automotive segments, the Project 2&4 marries the RC213V competition motorcycle engine from the MotoGP racing series with a compact, lightweight four-wheeled vehicle. The four-stroke 999-cc V-4 engine makes 212 hp at 13,000 rpm and 87 lb-ft of torque at 10,500 rpm. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels. Despite the 14,000-rpm redline, the engine is said to be “specially tuned” for the street.
The Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V (yes, that's the full name) is the winning entry in the company’s Global Design Project where Honda designers and engineers compete in their respective design studios to foster creativity and design and build concept vehicles. The idea for the winning concept came from Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka, Japan, and was designed in part with the automobile design studio in Wako.
Honda says the Project 2&4 concept’s body design and engine position are inspired by the Honda RA272 Formula 1 car from 1965. That race car featured a rear-mid-engine, transverse-mounted 1.5-liter 60-degree V-12. However, the 1.0-liter V-4 in the Project 2&4 concept is likely mounted longitudinally. Also paying homage to that classic open-wheel race car is the Project 2&4's rising sun motif and white-painted body.
Despite the mid-mounted engine, the single occupant Project 2&4 features an offset “floating driver’s seat,” which combined with the open-cockpit design “evokes the freedom of a bike” while “placing the driver as close to the action as possible.”
With a curb weight of just 893 pounds, the Project 2&4 concept is only 119.7 inches long, 71.7 inches wide, and 39.2 inches tall. The design gives the concept a low center of gravity.
Although the automaker says it wants to bring sportier models to the U.S., we don’t expect this one to make it to production, sadly. We won't be getting the Honda S660 roadster in the U.S. either, according to recent reports. Honda will, however, be bringing us the Civic Type R hot hatch, Acura NSX hybrid supercar, and possibly a baby NSX.
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