Honda is introducing a new gas-electric system called the Honda Sport Hybrid. The system might come as a replacement to the Integrated Motor Assist series and is actually made up of three different systems: Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, Intelligent Multi Mode Drive/Plug-in and Super Handling-AWD. There are three different systems because of their ability, intricacy and price that will vary depending on the size of the car it will go in and its planned purpose.
The Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive/Plug-In system feature a hybrid-specific engine and an electronic CVT with two built-in electric motors. This system will allow drivers to use three different ride modes: EV, Engine and Hybrid depending on the conditions. EV Drive mode will maximize use of electricity to drive the car, Hybrid Drive will use the engine to produce electricity for the motors and Engine Drive is for faster speeds where EV and Hybrid modes won’t be as efficient.
The Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel drive system (SH-AWD) uses three electric motors to deliver best possible performance. The combination of a V-6 engine and this high-output three motor system realizes acceleration performance that is equivalent to that of a V-8 engine with the fuel economy of an inline 4-cylinder engine. The engine also features a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 partnered with a seven speed transmission. This unique Honda technology uses two motors installed in the rear to control the torque distribution to the right and left rear wheels.
Lastly the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive unit brings together a recently developed inline 4 cylinder 1.5-liter engine with a 7-speed DCT 3 system with a built-in high output motor and a lithium-ion battery to get better efficiency.