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Honda Tried To Keep This New Project A Secret

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These patent designs suggest so.

Honda surprised us all when it unveiled the adorable Urban EV, a retro-inspired concept previewing a future electric city car. The production version is now simply called the Honda E and is due to go on sale at the end of the year.

Honda recently confirmed that the lightweight electric car will have a 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplying an electric motor that produces 148 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. That may not be a lot of power, but the Honda E is extremely lightweight, has rear-wheel drive, and a 50:50 weight distribution, which should make it a formidable rival to the electric Mini Cooper SE.

As much as we adore it, Honda has no plans to sell the Honda E in the US, sadly. But what about Honda's other electric concept, the Sports EV, that was revealed at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show? Honda has hinted it could go into production, but nothing official has been announced yet. However, new patents discovered by Auto Weekmay have revealed the design of Honda's future electric sports car.

According to AutoWeek, the patents were submitted to Japan's Patent Office last September. The designs shown in the images share some similarities with the production Honda E such as the round headlights and taillights and gloss black bars on the front and rear. However, the design appears to have evolved since the Sports EV.

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Whereas the Sports EV concept featured a long hood and a short rear, the design shown in the patents looks like a traditional sports coupe with a sleek silhouette, a sloping roof, and flared wheel arches. It also has a longer rear, which suggests the car could be mid-engined.

Alternatively, this could be an entirely new model that Honda is planning to add to its electric car lineup. Honda could preview its new electric sports car as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year, but nothing has been confirmed yet.