Electric sports cars set to wow Tokyo show


A new age of electric excitement may soon be upon us as Honda, Mazda and Toyota will each reveal battery-powered sports cars at the 2023 Tokyo motor show.

Honda’s Speciality Sports Concept (above) is already being heralded as the next NSX, with Honda claiming it will “enable the driver to experience the pure joy of driving.” It’s set to be a key part of Honda’s Create, Transcend, Augment mission that will create “the mobility Honda dreams of to embody the essential value of all mobility products and services—to enable people to transcend the constraints of time and place, and to augment their every possibility.” Sounds more like a DeLorean to us.

Mazda Vision Study

The MX-5 Miata will take center stage at Mazda. ‘The Future Created by the Love of Cars’ is the theme of its stand and, alongside the updated 2024 Miata the company will debut a vision model that hints heavily at the fifth generation of the world’s most popular sports car. Reports suggest it could be a hybrid, but Mazda has announced a recent $11 billion investment into electrification, so don’t be surprised if it’s the first Miata without a combustion motor.

Toyota FT-Se concept

Meanwhile, Toyota will take the wraps of its FT-Se, the first electric sportster from Gazoo Racing. Power is set to come from Toyota’s Performance lithium ion batteries which are due to go into production in 2026. These new, more energy-dense cells not only increase range (to perhaps as much as 500 miles) but they’re some 40 percent cheaper than current battery tech. Expect to see a steer-by-wire yoke control system. The FT-Se “will enrich customers’ daily lives with new driving experiences and personalized services powered by innovative technologies,” says Toyota.

All three will be revealed at at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center between October 25 and November 5, and we’ll bring more details as soon as we have them.

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    It’s the curmudgeon coming out in me, but I wish manufacturers would keep their EV sports cars simple. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t, but all the abstract talk of transcending and enriching daily lives and yadda yadda yadda is just corporate speak for “removing the driver from the experience.” Yes make EV sports cars, but keep them as analog as possible. You can use modest EV motors with manual transmissions and retain a lot of the traits that attract people to sports cars. Will they do this? Probably not, as it seems that more and more manufacturers are trying to reinvent themselves as tech companies, but there’s no way there’s not a market for simple, analog, electric sports cars.

    Drive a modern electric vehicle and you will soon wonder what all the gasping for air, noise, exhaust, shifting through the granny gears nonsense was all about. Just dial in whatever speed you want. Smooth, fast, efficient and skip the drama.

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