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Is Honda going after the Tesla Roadster? Patents lodged for two-door electric sports car

Honda looks to follow up on its e hatchback with a production version of the Sports EV concept.

Following up on the positive reaction to its retro-styled 'e' electric hatch, Honda has filed a fresh set of designs with the Japanese patent office that appear to preview a production version of its Sports EV prototype.

It’s the first major development since the Sports EV prototype was revealed alongside the e hatch prototype at the Tokyo motor show in 2017.

Unlike the e hatch, which was only mildly tweaked before its close-to-production versions were unveiled, the Sports EV seems to have moved from a roadster design to more of a coupe silhouette; and appears a smaller take on brand’s flagship NSX hybrid supercar.

The patent's silhouette seems to have shifted away from the Sport EV's concept slightly, but the retro design pillars are still there. The patent's silhouette seems to have shifted away from the Sport EV's concept slightly, but the retro design pillars are still there.

To match the e, the Sports EV patent images seem to have inherited the production-ready round light fittings and gloss black bars across the front and rear.

The patent images come off the back of today’s reveal of the Honda e’s surprisingly sporty specifications, including a RWD powertrain, 110kW/300Nm of torque, fully independent suspension for all four wheels and a 50:50 weight distribution. It’s a compelling set of specifications that, perhaps with a little more power, would suit a sporty coupe well.

The light fittings and gloss black bars match those of the almost-production-ready e hatch. The light fittings and gloss black bars match those of the almost-production-ready e hatch.

It’s no secret that Honda has been toying with a sub-NSX sports car for some time, to slot somewhere above its Japan-only S660 kei convertible. Honda’s prototype manager has told Autocar in the past that he’d “very much welcome a sporty car” on Honda’s new EV platform.

There’s no official word on a production version of the Honda Sports EV just yet.

Honda seems to be sticking to a strong design theme for its upcoming EV products. Honda seems to be sticking to a strong design theme for its upcoming EV products.

Do you think a sporty EV would slot into Honda’s range well? Tell us what you think in the comments below.