Honda has whipped the sheets off of its EV-STER, a rear-wheel drive electric roadster not dissimilar in size and scope to the late, lamented Beat kei car. If you're looking for a successor to Honda's S2000 or a Mazda MX-5 Miata rival, this isn't it – the EV-STER is significantly smaller than those cars, and with a pure electric drivetrain, this showcar is more suited to top-down fun in the city than the open road.

Purely a concept for the moment, the EV-STER offers a 160-kilometer range, a 0-37 mph (60kph) time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 99 mph, though Honda isn't offering much in the way of hardware specifications.

Attractive in both general form and detail, we could admittedly do without the yoke-style steering interface employed here and in Honda's other Tokyo Motor Show concepts. Steering wheel aside, we hope Honda finds a way to bring something like the EV-STER to market... and we wouldn't mind if it weren't a EV, either.
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Honda Exhibits World Premiere of EV-STER the next-generation electric small sports concept TOKYO, Japan,

November 30, 2011 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will exhibit the world premiere of the EV-STER, the next-generation electric small sports concept model, at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, which will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from Saturday, December 3 through Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Featuring a dynamic and innovative styling design and excellent environmental performance, the EV-STER, an electric rear-wheel-drive two-seater convertible sports car, will propose a new way to enjoy a sports type model which is unique to the electromotive mobility. The adoption of carbon materials made it possible to reduce the vehicle weight contributing to the vehicle's high driving performance and range of approximately 160km. The easy-to-operate twin-lever steering was adopted for the thorough pursuit of the joy of driving. Moreover, the new concept model enables the driver to make his/her own adjustments to some vehicle characteristics such as motor output and suspension settings, to embody the joy of maneuvering to the fullest extent.

Furthermore, the instrument panel features not only meters, but also the vehicle information display which enables the driver to enjoy driving as well as the network display used for the audio and navigation systems and also for the internet access. The well-designed layout of the meters and displays enables the driver to concentrate on driving and enjoy the comfortable space.

Honda remains committed to developing sports models beyond the expectations of its customers and offering exciting and thrilling mobility products.

Key specifications of the EV-STER
Vehicle length 3,570mm
Vehicle width 1,500mm
Vehicle height 1,100mm
Wheelbase 2,325mm
Maximum speed 160km/h
Acceleration (0-60km/h) 5.0 sec
Maximum range Approximately 160km (JC08 mode)
Battery 10kWh lithium-ion battery
Maximum battery output 58kW
Charging time 200V: under 3 hours
100V: under 6 hours

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      Surprised Autoblog hasn't posted about Honda's "Earth Dreams" technology. Hey AB, did you guys get a chance to drive those vehicles? Honda touts best-in-class efficiency in 3 years. I know the embargo is til next week, but I'm hoping somebody slips up because I'd like to know how Honda will play its hand. lol
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      Hey Honda, while you guys are still just "talking" about a small RWD sportscar, other car companies are actually PRODUCING them. Even a company as conservative as Toyota now has their RWD car, and companies like Hyundai are pushing all kinds of different body styles out there. I am not particularly a big fan of the styling of this concept car, but it would still be nice to see Honda release ANY kind of S2000 successor, or even a modern-day NSX. But all they have been doing for years and years now is just release concept car after concept car with nothing of substance to show for it.
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        You don't have to read the press release to know this isn't at all an S2000 successor. Anyone that really knows Honda should be familiar with the Beat. This is pretty much spot-on as an update. There are a lot of styling cues borrowed from that car. Everything else, I'll agree with. That said, the likelihood that this would even make it out of Japan would be pretty small. The Beat was a kei car; the Japanese have a thing for kei/kei-sized cars and this wouldn't make any sense in America (just look at how poorly Smart is doing versus its projections).
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      ATTRACTIVE? By who's definition?
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      They are abusing the ambient lighting like some other manufacturers abuse the use of chrome. Honda needs to get a grip on their design department. WTF.
      The Great 1
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      So we're all just going to blatantly ignore the BMW rip-off here. Lets pretend the glowing blue front grille and blue high lights are honda's innovation. SMH
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      Honda remains committed to developing sports models beyond the expectations of its customers and offering exciting and thrilling mobility products. Orly?
      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmm... Honda should be advised to fix the pitfalls of their current line-up instead of ripping off European Concepts.
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      Take all the blue lights off it that are illegal and it's pretty boring. Where is the wow factor Honda? You used to be so good. Now you are fat and, well, American.
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          A fun two seat convertible, sure. A fun two seat convertible that will either A, SOMEHOW be turned into some neutered FWD crapstick or B, won't ever make it to production, not at all. Speaking for myself of course.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      A car that looks this cool shouldn't be this slow.
      Mohammed Smith
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      What is Honda thinking? Aside from a few movie stars, who is going to buy this car?
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      EV technology is no match for the traditional tried-and-true tech of a normal combustion engine. If Honda wants to "recapture" its sporting spirit, they should do it with a regular car first and make something like this second.
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