The Honda Prelude is set to return to the UK for the first time since 2001, with production version ready for Goodwood debut

This is the new Honda Prelude, a reimagining of the Japanese firm’s iconic front-wheel-drive coupe for the 21st century. Seen here in concept form, the production version of the sleek new car is set to make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 11–14 July.

The new car is set to combine ‘a compelling blend of style and sophistication alongside a hybrid powertrain’ according to Honda, although exact technical specifications have not yet been revealed. Reports suggest that the car will share the current Honda Civic’s combination of a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine, two electric motors and a CVT gearbox. It’s not clear if the Prelude will get more than the Civic’s 181bhp to reflect its sportier remit.

“The new Prelude not only marks the latest chapter in our ever evolving hybrid story, it is also the product of 25 years of pioneering hybrid research and development,” said Tomoyuki Yamagami, chief engineer and large project leader at Honda. “Ensuring this model maintains its ‘sporty’ DNA by perfectly blending the efficiency and environmental advantages of electrified driving with an exhilarating experience behind the wheel – liberating users from their daily lives with increased driving pleasure.”

“In addition, the Prelude demonstrates the continued importance of hybrid powertrains as part of Honda’s automobile electrification strategy – a key step towards our commitment for 100% of new vehicle sales to be battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell by 2040.”

The new Prelude will take on lower-powered versions of the BMW 2 Series Coupe and will help fill the void left by the Audi TT which ended production in late 2023. It could also take on the next iteration of the Toyota Celica should that car’s rumoured revival materialise.