According to German auto website Auto Motor und Sport, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito confirmed that the Honda EV-STER concept first seen at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show would go into production.
The concept comes in less than two inches wider than Honda's tiny Beat, which meets JDM Kei-car standards. The EV-STER is powered by a 58kW (78 horsepower) lithium-ion motor and is said to hit 60km/h (just over 37 mph) in 5.0 seconds, with power going to the rear wheels. Honda says the electric-powered EV-STER would have a range of 100 miles and top speed of 100 mph.
But don’t fret if these numbers don’t impress. The EV-STER is package-protected for a gasoline engine – behind the seats, making it a potential mid-engine, rear-drive replacement for the gone but not forgotten Honda S2000. Still no word on size or power level of the hypothetical internal combustion engine, but it would likely create more power and produce better times than the electric motor.
One show car feature that would not likely make it into production is the twin-lever steering -- a conventional steering wheel would probably get the nod for the production car. No details whether it would come stateside; however, we are crossing our fingers for the gas-powered version with at least 200 horsepower.