Honda to Unveil Bike-Powered Concept Car in Frankfurt
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.