The Honda EV-STER Concept displayed on the recently held Tokyo Motor Show will enter production, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito said in an interview with German auto magazine Auto Motor und Sport. Closely sized to the Kei-car (available in Japan), the EC-STER was developed to be a new-generation Honda Beat. The concept is wider than the Beat and the JDM Kei-car standard by less than two inches.
Powering the concept is a 58kW (78hp) lithium-ion motor, which enables the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60km/h (slightly in excess of 37 mph) in 5.0 seconds. The power is distributed to the rear wheels. Honda has made a claim that the electric-powered EV-STER has a 100-mile range and that it has a maximum speed of 100 mph. Honda built the EV-STER to be package-protected for a gasoline engine behind the seats.
This leads to the conclusion that this is a mid-engine, rear-drive replacement for the Honda S2000. Honda hasn’t provided details about the power or the size of the supposed internal combustion engine but it’s believed that it would offer higher power and have better times than the electric motor.
It’s likely that the production won’t have the twin-lever steering used on the concept vehicle and will instead be using a conventional steering wheel. There’s no confirmation if the model will be offered in the U.S. though. Nevertheless, fans can’t help but wish that Honda will be offering the gas-powered version with a minimum of 200hp from the 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder.
2011 Tokyo Motor Show managed to stump a few people when Honda revealed their next-generation electric sports model, the EV-STER.
This incredibly fluid two-seater concept car brought a degree of dynamism many did not know was possible from an EV. With many entranced by the look of the EV-STER, designers were on hand to describe how the use of carbon materials had done a great deal to bring down the weight of the vehicle without sacrificing any of the technology Honda vehicles enjoy.
This rear-wheel-drive sports convertible has an astounding range of 160 km and boasts the performance you would expect from a Honda sports car. It comes with the beloved twin-lever steering and has the option for the driver to manipulate many of the settings according to their personal preference, including suspension and motor output.
The vehicular display has much of the technology you would expect including internet access, audio networking, a top-of-the-line navigation system and rather than dials, the layout is told in meters for driver ease.
The purpose of which, much like the layout, options and decisions made by Honda, was to make the driver feel more comfortable and to enjoy the thrill of driving.
This is a sports concept which epitomises Honda's core beliefs. This is delivered beyond the customer expectation to create products which inspire and thrill the designers of the future.