It seems Honda had a surprise planned for this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show as the Japanese marque has just unveiled a very interesting concept that goes by the name of Project 2&4. It will be shown starting next week at IAA and promises to provide the “freedom of a motorcycle” as well as the “maneuverability of a car”, thus enabling the best of both worlds.
As far as the exterior appearance is concerned, the concept draws its inspiration from the 1962 RA272 so it has a rather minimalist sporty look together with a “floating seat” which according to Honda it enables the driver to be “as close to the action as possible”.
It should be a very fast machine taking into account it weighs only 405 kg and is equipped with a four-stroke V-4 999cc engine which is in fact an adaptation of the RC213V competition motorcycle engine. In this specification it delivers an impressive 215 bhp at 13,000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm sent to the road through a dual-clutch, six-speed gearbox.
The Honda Project 2&4 concept is 3040mm long, 1820mm wide and 995mm tall, with a very low center of gravity that enables the vehicle to provide great handling and a high level of responsiveness so it should be a very fun machine around the track.
Honda hasn’t specified whether the concept has any chances of entering production, but we highly doubt that will happen since it would be a niche model and probably the customer base wouldn’t be large enough to justify costs with development and production. Nevertheless, it’s still nice to see that from time to time Honda can impress us with a concept, in this case managing to morph some of the characteristics of a car with those of a motorcycle in an attempt to offer the perfect balance between the two.