Honda is reportedly planning a new all-electric sports hatch, which would forge something of a new category for EVs.
Journalists this week viewed Honda’s 4-Motor EV hatch prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show, which is inspired by the racing version (pictured below) that tackled the Pikes Peak hill-climb earlier this year.
Honda made no official announcement regarding a production version, but Auto Express reports the demonstration could be a preview to a future road-going model.
The 4-Motor EV is based on Honda’s CR-Z hatch, and the showroom version of the EV would reportedly target a range of around 250 miles (400km).
The electric motors produce a combined available output of around 187kW and the battery pack is a 16kWh lithium-ion unit, but the production version could boast as much as 260kW.
A 0-100km/h sprint time of around 3.5 seconds would be targeted, and the top speed could be over 200km/h.
Four individual electric motors will enable flexible torque vectoring to ramp up the sports car experience in the new hatch, but Honda said it won’t be possible to send 100 percent of torque to either end of the car.
The electric motors are matched with an all-wheel-steering system, allowing the rear wheels to turn at angles of up to three degrees.
“We are making every possible effort to make it to the market,” a Honda insider reportedly revealed. “We now have to think about the commercial aspect.”
Stay tuned to TMR for more from the Tokyo Motor Show.
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