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
12/1/2011 1:25:54 PM
In general you don't increase the overall diameter of the wheel/tire combo because it will throw off your speedometer. Also, larger wheels are heavier and increase unsprung weight as someone mentioned above. This usually has a negative effect on handling, ride, fuel consumption, etc. And it is definitely easier to damage larger rims on potholes, especially in winter. I don't have anything crazy in terms of big wheels on my car (245/45/17) and I've busted a couple of tires and bent a rim or two on the lovely roads here in the tri-state area. One of those times the guy behind me had 19's on his Altima and some rubber band wheels. He hit the same pothole I did. I had one flat tire. He had two and a bent rim.
There are a lot of good reputable companies out there who will probably be selling good coilover setups for this car. I would lower it myself as well. I hate the 4x4 look on some cars out there today. IMO though, going to bigger wheels with the same wheel gap makes most cars look worse.
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