Are you sitting down? Honda just dropped a bombshell at the Japan Mobility Show, and it's called Prelude. Feast your eyes on the Honda Prelude Concept, and blimey, does it look ready for production.

What are the details of this car? We'll be right up front in saying, for now at least, things are thin. Very thin. The Prelude reveal came at the very end of Honda's presentation of concepts for the show, and the discussion didn't include any details regarding the powertrain. Actually, the discussion didn't include details period, save for a hat tip that that it's electric and it's designed to blend electrification and driving pleasure for future Honda fun. Take that as you will.

Gallery: Honda Prelude Concept

While Honda leaves us hanging on information regarding the Prelude Concept, our eyes see a vehicle that doesn't really look like a concept. The face isn't too far removed from a Civic, save for the lack of a grille. Body lines are symmetrical but not blocky, and Brembo brakes are visible behind factory-styled 20-inch wheels. There are proper side mirrors in place of cameras, and a thin yet prominent spoiler adorns the fastback. The only aspect that screams concept are the completely black windows, suggesting there's nothing to see inside.

So, the big question now is, will Honda actually build it? Again, the company is being very coy with details right now, but Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe shared some interesting remarks following the Prelude's unveiling. Highlighting the company's commitment to future sports models mentioned in 2022, he said this concept "will become the prelude for our future model which will inherit the 'joy of driving' into the full-fledged electrified future and embody Honda's unalterable sports mindset." Note that prelude here is lower-case, serving not as the name of this car but as a foundation for future Honda performance vehicles.

Frankly, Honda could do worse than revive a storied performance nameplate from its past. Launching in 1978, the first-generation Prelude brought sporty front-wheel-drive performance to the world. It was the first Honda to feature a moonroof, and when it finally exited the scene in 2001, the Prelude offered a maximum output of 217 bhp.

Is there room today for a new Prelude EV? Give it a single motor for the front wheels, a modest battery pack to help keep the weight in check, and output in the 300-bhp range and it just might make sense as a fun, affordable sports coupe. Make it happen, Honda.