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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 YashBudini on 12/2/2011 2:27:30 AM , Rating: 2
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The main reason for the move to larger wheels is the fact that auto manufacturers have been jacking up the beltline of vehicles for years to adhere to increasingly stringent side-impact crash regulations (and to take a hit from high-riding trucks/crossovers).

1. The reason for larger wheels is suppose to be for accommodating larger brake rotors. Brake swept area is a crucial factor in braking performance, for maintaining brake control without lockup.

2. Larger wheels are placed on cars because customers go wow. Demand for them has caused economies of scale to kick in, making them acceptable to be OEM in terms of both price and volume.

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the actual "body" looks heavy with a 17" wheel/tire package at that ride height.

You believe engineers think like this?

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auto manufacturers have been jacking up the beltline of vehicles for years to adhere to increasingly stringent side-impact crash regulations

Ever try to see anything out the driver's window in a Ford Taurus? Soon vehicles will need little mirrors like they put on school buses and post office trucks. But this is 2011, so we'll probably need cameras to see anything other than straight ahead.


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