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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 CR-Z (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 did answer the call

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RE: Honda is Dead
By Voldenuit on 11/30/2011 3:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
The buying public that's looking for a RWD coupe will be cross-shopping things like Camaros, Mustangs and yes, the Genesis Coupe.

For them, the horsepower figure is very important because they see 300 hp on a V6 Mustang or 270 hp on the Gen Coupe and automatically think it's better. And because these shoppers won't be taking their cars on track days or even driving on roads with corners (this is America we're talking about, after all), they could be right (for them).

The BRZ has many strengths, but I don't think it has the right formula for mass market appeal (nor do I think this is what Toyota/Subaru was aiming for - they wanted a purist drift car to appeal to a purist niche). Then again, I could be wrong - the Scion tC has no strengths to speak of and was wildly popular a few years back.

RE: Honda is Dead
By Reclaimer77 on 11/30/2011 3:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
I think people look at the Genesis because of it's price, NOT because it's RWD lol.

The BRZ looks gorgeous and will be an all around better performer. As well as WAY more enjoyable to drive than a boat like the Camaro.

RE: Honda is Dead
By Spuke on 11/30/2011 5:57:12 PM , Rating: 2
The buying public that's looking for a RWD coupe will be cross-shopping things like Camaros, Mustangs and yes, the Genesis Coupe.
Camaros and Mustangs maybe not but most definitely the Genesis Coupe.

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