2026 Honda Prelude confirmed for UK | Automotive News
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2026 Honda Prelude confirmed for UK | Automotive News




Honda is quietly preparing the return of the Prelude coupe, a bold bet when you consider that most manufacturers are abandoning this segment. Fans approve.

Honda has yet to confirm its plans for North America, although it did show the car in concept form at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show last November. The fact that it made its way across the Pacific gives some indication that the automaker is at least considering launching the model here as well.

This week, as part of the activities surrounding the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which begins Thursday in England, the Prelude is being shown for the first time in Europe. Honda has confirmed that it will sell the model in the UK. The production version of the 2026 Prelude will be launched there next year.


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Honda Prelude concept, front view




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Honda Prelude concept, profile



The announcement was accompanied by new images showing the car for the first time in red, a stark contrast to the white outfit of the previous concept.

Honda hasn’t confirmed anything about the car’s powertrain, but it did say last fall that the Prelude concept had a hybrid setup. The production version could well be powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in hybrid versions of the CR-V, Accord and Civic.

This powertrain offers 204 hp, and we don’t expect more. Tomoyuki Yamagami, the project’s chief engineer, told Australian site CarsGuide in 2023 that the Prelude will not be the fastest sports car. Rather, it is a competitor to the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86, which only have a gasoline engine.


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Honda Prelude concept wheel



The big difference is that the Prelude will be front-wheel drive, unlike the other two, which are rear-wheel drive.

Of course, we will be closely following the presentation of the model in the UK, especially to see if any new information about it will be announced.


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Honda Prelude concept, rear




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The Honda Prelude concept, flagship




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Honda Prelude concept, spoiler




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Honda Prelude concept, front grille detail




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Honda Prelude concept, three-quarters front