Especially now that the Civic Coupe is being discontinued.
Just a couple of days ago, Honda shared the disappointing news that the Honda Civic Coupe would be discontinued after the 2020 model year. While most buyers have gone for the more practical hatchback instead, the coupe offered a more stylish alternative at a high-value price. When the Civic Coupe departs, Honda will no longer offer a coupe in its lineup, which is a shame.
It seems we're not alone in our love for Honda coupes, as Japanese website Spyder 7 collaborated with a CG artist by the name of Georgi Bozhkov to come up with some stunning renderings of a modern-day Honda Prelude.
Even though the Prelude has a less-than-desirable image in some parts of the world, we liked its sleek looks, although US sales dipped considerably after the second generation. The renderings here show both a Prelude Vision Concept and a Sparrow Coupe Concept, and each has much more aggressive, sporty proportions than any production Prelude.
The Toyota FT-1 Concept and the Supra were mentioned as inspirations for these designs, which is evident in the headlights and pointy front end. The wraparound glasshouse is another neat touch that works well.
The back is especially dramatic, with an integrated spoiler that houses the slim taillamps. It looks like a much more focused sports car than the original Prelude, which is probably why the designers envision it getting the hybrid powertrain from the Acura NSX (known as the Honda NSX elsewhere), which produces 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque.
Outside of the Civic Type R, Honda doesn't really have a dedicated performance model in its range, and this is exactly the kind of car that could change that. The legendary S2000 was another example of what happens when the sensible brand lets its hair down. While there is no sign of a Prelude making a comeback as a true sports car, these renders make us hope for a miracle.