Motorsports concoctions like the 2015 Polaris Slingshot and 2015 KTM X-Bow GT4 (and let’s not forget the 2001 Suzuki GSX-R/4) are a niche market, but it looks like Honda might be looking to take the segment mainstream. Set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Honda Project 2&4 is a conceptual vehicle that Honda promises will provide “the freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car.”

As its name suggests, the Project 2&4 is a collaboration between Honda’s motorcycle team (2 wheels) in Asaka, Japan, and its automobile team (4 wheels) in Wako, Japan. While the design of the concept is largely unknown despite the teaser, Honda did reveal a few details about the exciting new vehicle.

For starters, the Project 2&4 will be a four-wheeled vehicle, and the overhead teaser shot shows that it will have an open-wheel design. The most intriguing element of the Project 2&4 is that it is powered by Honda’s race-ready RC123V V-4 engine. In various degrees of tuning, this engine is used in both street bike and MotoGP race bike applications, and while the final power figures and curb weight are unknown, the Project 2&4 will certainly be an exciting vehicle.

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Why it matters

From yard equipment to executive jets, Honda is already the king of anything powered by an engine, and the Project 2&4 concept carries this trend to a new level. Honda has not said what production implications this concept might reveal, but the motorcycle-automobile mashup would surely be an exhilarating gateway vehicle positioned between Honda’s high-performance motorcycles and its exciting new cars like the 2016 Acura NSX and the 2016 Honda Civic Type R.

Press Release

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show underlines an important year for Honda and will see the brand presenting its new model range of entirely refreshed and all-new cars displayed together. Alongside the new line-up, Honda will also showcase design concepts and advanced technologies, all demonstrating Honda’s unique creativity in meeting the personal mobility challenges of today and the future.

Honda Project 2&4 Powered by RC213V – embodiment of creativity and craftsmanship

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show will witness the global premiere of ‘Honda Project 2&4’. A winner of the global design competition run by Honda between its global design studios, Honda Project 2&4 represents the company’s drive to inspire and reward creative thinking.

Embodying Honda’s concept of ‘creative craftsmanship’, Honda Project 2&4 was designed together by Honda’s motorcycle design centre in Asaka and by Honda’s automobile design centre in Wako, Japan. The Honda Project 2&4 is the result of the company’s continuous effort to create a more exciting user experience. Honda Project 2&4’s cabin-less structure produces an immersive driving environment combining the experience Honda has in providing the freedom of a motorcycle and the manoeuvrability of a car.

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