Honda's hybrids aren't known for being overly sporty, but the company is hoping to change that by introducing their new Sport Hybrid systems.

Honda's hybrids aren't known for being overly sporty, but the company is hoping to change that by introducing their new Sport Hybrid systems.

First up, the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system is described as a "lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system" for small-sized vehicles. It consists of a newly developed 1.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, a seven-speed dual clutch transmission (with an integrated high-output electric motor) and a lithium-ion battery.

Honda says the system will enable "highly efficient" electric vehicle operation at low- to medium-speeds as well as a sporty driving experience during acceleration and high-speed cruising. The company also says the system will deliver improved fuel efficiency by increasing energy regeneration using the clutches to disengage the engine during deceleration.

Next up, the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive system will be used in the 2013 Accord Plug-in Hybrid. It combines a newly-developed engine, an electric continuously variable transmission (with two built-in motors and a lock-up clutch) and a lithium-ion battery. It optimizes fuel efficiency by switching between three different driving modes (EV, petrol engine or both) depending on the situation.

Lastly, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, three-electric motors and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It promises to deliver V8 performance as well unparalleled maneuverability and the security of all-wheel drive.

Check out the press release for additional information

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