In the automotive world, Honda has a great reputation for reliable, well-built machines. Unfortunately for Honda, reliable doesn't translate into sexy in any language and even Honda has admitted that their cars have been a bit boring lately [source: Drive]. But at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Honda introduced the EV-STER, a concept electric sports car that has more in common with Tesla's Roadster than it does with any of Honda's models.
Honda wants to position itself as a fun and exciting car company by filling the sports car hole that was left when the S2000 was discontinued in 2009. Their creative director of styling design and development division, Yoshinori Asahi, said that although Honda's cars had been boring in the past, they were looking ahead and were going to design exciting cars that match the company's personality [source:Drive]. There's no better way to show Honda's fun side than when you see the Honda EV-STER for the first time.
The two-seater, rear-wheel drive convertible concept was originally dreamed up as an all-electric vehicle, but Honda is actually planning on building the EV-STER with a gasoline engine mounted behind the seats [source: Siu]. Yes, you read that right; Honda is actually planning on bringing this concept to fruition. The EV-STER will be built and sold -- although where it will be sold is still unknown.
Putting the engine right behind the seats will produce a balanced weight distribution and keep those rear wheels in check when the light turns green. An electric version is likely to follow, which is a little ironic since the concept name clearly identifies the car as an electric vehicle (hence the EV in the name). It's not known if Honda will change the name to clear up the confusion.
So why is the EV-STER a step ahead for Honda? Well, Honda likes to think that they're getting back to creating fun vehicles again, and we like to think that they're right.
Go on to the next page to see what's so stunning about the EV-STER.