This Wild New Honda Uses a Motorcycle Engine and Revs to 13,000 RPM


Forget the NSX and the Civic Type R, this might just be the coolest thing to come out of Honda in years.

A new concept car, it’s called Project 2&4 and as the name suggests, it’s a combination of the brand’s 2-wheeled and 4-wheeled divisions.

With a car chassis, it’s powered by a motorcycle engine. Scratch that. It’s not just powered by any motorcycle engine, but the motor out of the RC213V. That bike uses a 999-cc V-4 developed for MotoGP racing and then tuned for road use. It makes 215 hp and 13,000 rpm, while full torque of 87 lb-ft comes on at 10,500 rpm. Power makes it to the ground via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

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Focused entirely around the engine, Honda bills itself as the world’s leader in engine manufacturing, making 28 million engines a year.

With an open-air experience, just like that of a motorcycle, Honda says it was designed to deliver, “an ever-more immersive driving experience.”

Look for the 2&4 concept to make its public debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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  • craigcole

    Me like! High-winding engines can be a TON of fun, provided you keep them on the boil since there’s usually ZERO torque to be had.

  • Chris Daigle

    I don’t want to see the body. I want to see the powertrain in photos. Sounds like fun, but getting this built might be totally impossible? 4 Wheels and no bumpers, air bags etc. Unless they try to get it built as a 4 wheel motorcycle.

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  • aytinchis .

    Ariel Atom, KTM, Lotus 7, Caterham, Westfield, Tiger and similar all manage to get passed for the road, this is no diffferent.

  • Diesel Driver

    What? Why would you care if you were driving something that exotic?

  • Diesel Driver

    I’d like to see them put in (or design one around) a Gold Wing engine with a turbocharger. It obviously is useless. How you gonna scare the pants off your passenger if you can’t put a passenger in it?

  • Diesel Driver

    Yep, with the torque peak at 10,500 per the article, keeping the revs up would be of paramount importance. I would think that at least 2 more gears would be far better than only having 6.

  • dosmastr

    how much does it weigh? 87ft/lbs or torque is crap if the car isn’t a featherweight.

  • Bob Fishell

    Looks like a sprint car. It will never, ever be street legal in the U.S., but it looks like a hoot to drive.