30 Nov, 2011 10:06am Graham Hope

Two-seater electric concept points towards a small sports car for the future

Honda's rediscovered appetite for sports cars was confirmed when it pulled the wraps off its EV-STER concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. And insiders at the company claim that it is a spiritual successor to the firm’s much loved Beat.

The electric rear-wheel drive, two seater convertible makes use of lightweight materials to strip weight right down and deliver strong performance. Combined with its dimunitive dimensions – it’s only 3,570mm long– the low weight helps it to a claimed range of 160km (99 miles) on a single charge, and it can dispatch 0-60mph in five seconds.

A 10kWh lithium-ion battery with a maximum output of 58kW (79bhp) provides the power. Charging time from a 240V source would be under three hours. Unveiling the EV-STER, Honda boss Takanobu Ito said it was designed to “maximise the joy of driving”.

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Nice looking car but why not make a petrol engined version now? Was wondering when the lit front grill was going to be introduced, it should be incorporated in other makes of car. Unless a bright red Ferrari is owned, the panel and grill lights adds a little sparkle to an otherwise dull mediocre range of cars available today. The designers should take a trip over to Porsche and show them how it is done.

79bhp and 0-60mph in 5 seconds. Imagine how faster it would be with a 79bhp petrol engine (900cc NA or 600cc turbo) instead of carrying a heavy battery pack.
Even with EV though I like the car. Most small cars are great.

... if its powered electrically. Honda seem to have forgoten how to produce drivers cars.

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