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New Honda hybrid systems target three different vehicle types

Honda Motor Company has announced the development of a new Sports Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system. The company has three different version of the Sport Hybrid system to accommodate different vehicle characteristics.
The new one-motor Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive system is optimized for small-sized vehicles. Honda has a two-motor hybrid system called the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive that is optimized for medium-sized vehicles. The third Sport Hybrid system is called the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD that features three motors. That last system is optimized for large vehicles and has been tipped for the new Acura NSX sports car.

The one-motor system uses a newly developed in-line four-cylinder 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle engine mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The hybrid system also uses a high-output lithium-ion battery and promises to improve efficiency by over 30% compared to conventional one-motor systems.

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid

The two-motor system will be first used in the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in vehicle and uses a lockup clutch and lithium-ion battery pack. The system will offer three different profiles depending on the driving situation, including EV Drive for electric only use, Engine Drive for medium to high-speed cruising, and Hybrid Drive for urban driving conditions.

The three-motor system combines a V6 engine and a high-output three-motor electrical system providing acceleration performance equivalent to that of a V-8 engine. The big benefit with this system is that despite the V-8 performance, fuel efficiency is reportedly better than that of an in-line four-cylinder.

Acura NSX Concept

The system will be mated with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a seven-speed DCT transmission with its own built-in motor. The system uses independent motors for the right and left rear wheels with positive torque applied to the outside wheel and negative torque applied to the inside wheel allowing for independent control of torque distribution. The system is designed to help improve cornering performance – this makes the NSX the perfect application for such technology.

Source: Honda

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RE: Honda
By freedom4556 on 11/13/2012 5:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
I'd settle for something in the vein of the BR-Z/FR-S or the Celica, Supra, MR-2, 3000GT turbo, S2000, or the old CR-X/del Sol. The import guys used to know how to make sports cars, what happened? The CR-Z doesn't count, it's a please-the-hippies stunt.

RE: Honda
By Alexvrb on 11/14/2012 2:34:25 AM , Rating: 2
They got too big and forgot their roots.
The big benefit with this system is that despite the V-8 performance, fuel efficiency is reportedly better than that of an in-line four-cylinder.
Hmm they must be talking about the performance of an entry-level V8 Challenger, and the fuel efficiency of a heavily boosted Subaru H4 with fat injectors.

RE: Honda
By inperfectdarkness on 11/14/2012 2:44:47 AM , Rating: 2
The 3000GT is arguably one of the most under-rated cars of all time. Twin-Turbo v6 with 300hp and AWD. Essentially except for cylinder configuration, it was a more refined Nissan Skyline that actually made it to the states.

I wish at least one of these Japanese companies would revisit the idea of a 2-door, v6tt awd coupe--and without an impossibly high price-tag.

The only decent things on the market currently are the Genesis coupe and the BR-Z/GT; both RWD. And the BR-Z doesn't even have 6 cylinders or forced induction. Great to compete against the Miata, but not against the likes of a Corvette.

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