Honda Bringing Motorcycle-Powered Project 2 & 4 to Frankfurt

Alongside down-to-earth models like the HR-V and Fit, Honda plans to bring a much wilder concept car to next month’s Frankfurt auto show. Dubbed the Project 2 & 4, the back-to-basics sports car is said to blend the best attributes of a motorcycle and a regular car.

The lone teaser image of the Honda Project 2 & 4 shows its racing-like bodywork and exposed wheels. The car was co-developed by Honda’s motorcycle design studio in Asaka, and its automobile design center in Wako, Japan. The powertrain comes from the Honda RC213V MotoGP racing motorcycle. The road-legal version of that bike, the RC213V-S (pictured below), packs a 1.0-liter V-4 engine rated for 101 hp and 66 lb-ft of torque, with a 6-speed sequential transmission.

2016 Honda RC213V S Front Three Quarter

If the Honda Project 2 & 4 has that powertrain in a lightweight, open-wheel car body, it should make for a terrifyingly quick sports car that can take on the likes of Caterhams, the Ariel Atom, and the KTM X-Bow. There’s no word yet on whether Honda is likely to put this car into production, or whether it’s intended as a track-only toy or a street-legal thrill ride. For now, the Japanese automaker says only that the Project 2 & 4 is intended, “to create a more exciting user experience” with “an immersive driving environment.” Look for more details when the car debuts in Frankfurt on September 15.

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