Combining electric propulsion with a performance orientation is a delicate balance. Tesla managed to pull it off to some success. Audi has toyed with the idea with its E-Tron concepts. And some have been experimenting with bringing F1's KERS regenerative braking system to road-going sports cars.

Honda, for its part, tried to nail it down with the CR-Z, which was supposed to be a hybrid sport-hatch, but like the Lexus CT 200h, it ended up lacking in the "sport" part of the equation. Which is why this latest development has caught our attention.

Just a few weeks ago at the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda showed off a tempting little package called the EV-STER. The concept spoke of a zippy little ride around town, all on electric power. Now, reports are indicating that, based on positive feedback from the show, Honda has already decided to green-light the project and put it into production. Sources suggest it will be ready sometime in the new year ahead, and could offer a more conventional gasoline engine in addition to the electric powertrain.

Of course none of this is to say that Honda would bring the production EV-STER to the North American market, but we'll be excited if it gets built at all.


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      RichardM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it going to have that dual-joystick steering control? That would be extremely interesting, and daring.
      Email
      • 3 Years Ago
      ill so rock one of those
      • 3 Years Ago
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      fetchme1029
      • 3 Years Ago
      hey Honda, rip off BMW much?
        Sims
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fetchme1029
        Honestly, I don't think this takes anything from a BMW from either a design or engineering standpoint... at all.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @fetchme1029
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          fetchme1029
          • 3 Years Ago
          @lorenzo. Exactly.
          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          So you're saying they copied BMW because they have a white car with blue lights? Credible.
      Cornerstrike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good Move Honda has tackled many issues over the last few weeks and I believe starting next month with all the Acura unveilings, we will finally see a big change in the company's direction. The new powertrain plans prove this. Regardless if they're late to the direct injection party, going on in the future the new engines will have it. There already announced a new 3.5l V6 that is going to push 310 HP. Their current 3.5L in the TL pushes 280HP. That's a 30HP gain right there. Now imagine what this will do to a new K20, since they also announced new 2L engines, the next version of VTEC and the next version of SH-AWD, which only until recently BMW and other brands have finally copied in their vehicles, like the new X5M. Even Ferrari did. They took SH-AWD from Acura and reversed it for the FF. Look at the diagrams for both and you will see. I worked from Acura until recently and last week I spoke to my old boss who attended the annual Acura dealer meeting in Las Vegas, in which no one is allowed to take pics at all. Let me tell you this. When they showed them the NSX Concept, every body stood and applauded. That's the first time in a long time that it has happened. If auto journalists and car people like you have been complaining about Acuras and Hondas the last 5 years, what do you think us the dealers have been doing? We have been complaining even more so about this. Think about this. At one point the Acura TL outsold the 3 Series and the MDX was king of luxury SUVs. That never happens now. All the Honda/Acura announcements in recent weeks, in addition to what I have heard from people connected to the company, has me very excited for all the Auto Shows next year and their unveilings. Im a diehard car enthusiast. Ive sold both cars and aftermarket parts, attended SEMA as a seller, have owned many tuner cars, and simply live and breath them. All my cars have had manual transmissions and I have always said that I would never buy an automatic car, just like many of you. But how many of you would actually say no to a GTR? Really. If we asked a majority of car enthusiasts, not just the few here who actually post, most would not say no to it. Just the other day, my close friend was telling me how he has a good customer who is a doctor who owns both a 458 and a modded GTR. Do you wanna know what he said? The 458 is a very nice car, but when he gets in the GTR its not even close. The GTR is a beast. I dont want Honda to build a GTR, because Nissan already did. Nor another LFA, R8 or 911. Those cars already exist. If they can truly deliver with this new NSX, keep it no more than a $100K, with the V6 pushing to 8k RPMS and at 400HP, plus close to 50HP for each front wheel motor, 7 clutch tranny, super comfortable interior and a design that resembles this: http://tinypic.com/r/ka19wh/5 , then I say they have succeeded. So I'll let all the hate continue until the unveiling next year.
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems unlikely to improve the sporting equation over the CR-Z. It isn't like it will have a nice exhaust note, or be very quick.
        piggybox
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        so how is Telsa roadster able to get 0-60 in less than 4 sec?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @piggybox
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          PeterScott
          • 3 Years Ago
          @piggybox
          By having a lot of HP. This doesn't. Read they other article. It takes 5 seconds to hit 37 MPH (60 KMH). So it will likely take > 10 seconds to hit 60 MPH.
      wxs5
      • 3 Years Ago
      the 21st century Honda Beat
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wxs5
        One could only wish. It might have a MR set up (with an electric drivetrain, I don't see how that'd be difficult to pull off) but unlike the old Honda, 21st century Honda wouldn't give it's petrol motor (if it gets one) ITB's.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      EvoVIII
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..F*** honda!
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota is putting out the GT86... and this is what Honda is giving us... smh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
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          miketim1
          • 3 Years Ago
          How can Toyota redesign some Subaru never had in their lineup ? Specs dont have to be impressive.. this isnt a text book car. Its a car you go and drive and from the reviews its one of the best driving cars in some time. I would pick this over a Civic Si in a heart beat... where the civic si is just a mock up of a boring eco car, the GT86 was built from the ground up with performance in mind.
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      This concept looks ok but you know the production model will be diluted and dull. Honda, you are STILL moving backwards. When are you going to learn. Give us a new NSX and a successor to the S2000. You dont listen to your customer base and that is why they've been dropping off. If you are hooked on an electric motor, fine, but give it an electric motor coupled with a 9,000rpm 2.0L engine.
      viperbono
      • 3 Years Ago
      This can stay in Japan! Where its kind belong.
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