Thursday, November 10, 2011
Honda RC-E electric sportsbike concept to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show
Honda have announced the highlights of their display at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show, which will take place from 3rd to 110th December this year. Among others, Honda’s display will also include various electric vehicle concepts, including two- and three-wheelers. While most of these seem to be terribly dull, the one bike that truly stands out is the RC-E concept, which looks super-hot in Mike Hailwood colours.
According to Honda, the RC-E is ‘an EV version of a super sports bike that pursues the joy of riding. A powerful and smooth ride unique to an EV model is achieved with the 250cc-class compact body.’ Unfortunately, Honda aren’t saying anything more about the RC-E for now. But from what little we can make out from the pics, the single-seat bike seems to be quite race-ready, with high-spec Brembo brakes, Ohlins fork and shock and chunky aluminium swingarm.
We aren’t really sold on electric bikes, but if the RC-E is any indication of Honda’s vision for the future of electric motorcycles, there just might be a glimmer of hope yet...