Half sports car, half MotoGP su­per­bike, and coolest Honda since Ayr­ton’s NSX. Watch out, Ariel Atom

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1 It brought the Frank­furt show to a stand­still

For some­thing so compact, the 2&4 sure caused big waves at the sausage-fan’s mo­tor show of choice. Honda’s 80 bright­est sparks were given a MotoGP en­gine, four wheels and told to go away and dream. This is the fizz-in­duc­ing re­sult. Even­tual win­ner, Martin Peters­son, is a bike de­signer by trade, hence the fu­sion of two worlds.

2 It has the pow­erto-weight ra­tio of a Vey­ron

When 212hp has just 405kg to push along, it doesn’t hang about. No of­fi­cial per­for­mance fig­ures ex­ist, but with a soaring 523hp per ton, it’s on a par with the orig­i­nal Vey­ron. Enough to com­fort­ably dust the Jazz Hy­brid, then.


It’s prac­ti­cal, sort of...

Tricky to jus­tify to your spouse as the sole fam­ily runaround, sure, but hear us out. Be­neath the Honda-em­bla­zoned cover on the right of the car is a pair of run­ners ready to re­ceive a sec­ond seat—a fea­ture that the de­signer him­self claimed would be use­ful when it comes to con­vert­ing the car from left- to right-hand drive. That’s what we like to hear, Honda, al­ready trou­bleshoot­ing for putting it into full pro­duc­tion. Come on, if Cater­ham can do it in a shed in Dart­ford, UK, surely you have the ways and means?

4 It revs to 14,000rpm

Ah yes, the en­gine. It likes to rev. Quite a lot. The 999cc V4 pro­duces its peak power of 212hp at a dizzy 13,000rpm, with the red line ar­riv­ing a mere 1,000rpm later, so you’d bet­ter have your wits about you. Known as the RC213V in MotoGP cir­cles, the en­gine alone costs around P10.7 mil­lion. Not cheap, but we can only imag­ine the nape-prick­ling thrill of pin­ning it to the lim­iter. The bad news is that while ev­ery com­po­nent on the show car is real, they’re not prop­erly plumbed in yet. “There will be a next step; it’s been too pos­i­tive for us not to,” says Peters­son. “The ques­tion is what that next step is.” We’ll help you out there, Martin—fin­ish it im­me­di­ately and de­liver it to us. Cheers.

5 It takes min­i­mal­ist interiors to a whole new level

Us­ing a bike-style back­bone struc­ture means the seat doesn’t sit at all—it hangs off the cen­tral spine, leav­ing driv­ers dan­gling in mid-air pick­ing flies from their teeth. Dig­i­tal headup dis­play dou­bles as a wind-de­flec­tor, while the but­ton-strewn wheel keeps thumbs busy. Over­all de­sign in­spi­ra­tion is from the achingly pretty 1965 RA272 F1 car, but ma­te­ri­als and won­der­fully pre­cise build qual­ity are bang up to date.

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