Honda Shows Off EV-STER Electric Roadster Concept
November 30, 2011 9:33 AM
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Honda's latest EV concept is a two-seat roadster
Honda is a company that loves to tease us with relatively cool concepts, then dump blandness on the masses when it comes to production vehicles. The company has killed off true sporty cars (Prelude, Integra, and RSX) and outright sports cars (NSX and S2000) in the past decade. What we are now left with are the Civic Si and
(at least in the United States).
With all of this
carnage in its wake
, we have to look at Honda's latest concept with a cautious eye. The company today unveiled its new EV-STER roadster concept at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. The roadster is fully electric and features a 10 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that's good for 100 miles.
The rear-wheel drive concept -- in theory -- is capable of reaching 37 mph in 5.0 seconds. Given this odd choice of acceleration numbers, we'll have to assume that its 0-60 mph time is rather dreadful. And for those looking to blast down the highway at triple-digit speeds while thumbing your nose at the law, you'll be held back by a top speed of "only" 99 mph.
Although Honda hasn't given an official curb weight for the EV-STER, it says that it makes extensive use of carbon fiber to keep weight down to improve performance and battery range.
We still have faith that Honda will return to its glory days (the 1990s) and bring some lovin' to car enthusiasts, but we won't be holding our breath for too long. But then again, archrival Toyota
answer the call
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RE: Honda is Dead
11/30/2011 1:17:34 PM
Congratulations on the new addition to the family. :) I wouldn't mind one of these at all depending on the handling dynamics. The hp is killing me though, my present car has 60 more (100+ lb-ft). This car has a slight weight advantage (150 lbs-ish), not enough to make up 60 hp. It would have to be awesome in the corners but with the preliminary reviews of "slight understeer", not sure that's going to happen. A turbo'd version would remove these issues though. :) I'm actually considering a 2011 Mustang (maybe with the Ford Racing supercharger) as I rarely see more than an off ramp nowadays and that cars handling is vastly improved and should be plenty for the occasional canyon run.
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