Honda Reveals NEOWING Three-Wheel Concept

MotorcycleUSA Staff | September 30, 2015

Honda’s preview of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show included some interesting two-wheeled concepts, but there was also a three-wheeler as well. The NEOWING sports a two-in-front/single-rear design with a hybrid gas/electric powertrain, but that’s about all the details offered up for now.

Honda’s press release teasing its Tokyo Motor Show concept states: “NEOWING is an unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large-sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability in low-speed ranges. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model.?”

The horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine appears to be a nod to one of Honda’s most successful models ever, the Gold Wing, which started life back in the ‘70s with the same engine configuration.

What’s less clear is how Honda plans to “offer the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large-sized motorcycle.” Will the front tires lean like the Piaggio MP3 or will the NEOWING stay planted up front like a Can-Am Spyder? The “original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel” portends something a bit more interesting than found on a static three-wheeler, but Big Red provides no additional details on how that system will work. The front tires definitely look ready to handle some lean, much more so than the rubber found on a Spyder at least.

The mention of combining electric motors with the engine is also intriguing, with Piaggio having produced a hybrid version of its MP3.

What you think, does Honda have a winning design with its NEOWING?