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Reaction to the old-school Civic-inspired Urban EV concept is only just now starting to die down, and already Honda is preparing to roll out another take: the Sports EV concept.

For now, Honda has revealed only a tightly cropped sketch of what we can expect, but it is clear the company is developing a bit of a theme when it comes to electric vehicle tech packed into retro-styled concepts.

Classic lines dominate the single sketch shown above, with a simple square tail lamp tucked into the corner of the rear.

While the Urban EV concept was clearly inspired by the first-generation Civic hatch (although more than a few punters felt it was closer in style to the first Golf), this latest show car might instead draw on the S600 and S800 sports models of the ’60s (below).

“The development team designed the sporty electric car to deliver a feeling of joy and emotional unity to the drive, achieved by efficiently combining the EV powerunit and AI technology in a compact bodyshape,” Honda says of its upcoming concept.

And that, for now, is all she wrote. Keep an eye on CarAdvice in late October for our on-the-ground coverage of the 2017 Tokyo motor show!

PS: I may have called it too soon when I wrote that Honda’s Urban EV is this year’s sweetest concept… 

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