While we were ogling the company’s new CR-Z at the Detroit auto show, Honda unwrapped its Insight Sports Modulo — its vision of a tricked-out hybrid — ahead of this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon.
Few details have been released on the concept, but from what we can see, changes appear to mostly be cosmetic. Honda’s fitted the car with an unusual body kit that includes sharp edges on the front fascia, rear bumper, and side sills. Those lines are echoed by odd accents on the A-pillars and tailfins (yes, fins) applied to the roof. Although it could be simply trick photography, it seems each of these new edges glows in the dark, making the Insight look like a prop from “Back to the Future” once the sun sets.
The Insight Sports Modulo also receives an asymmetrical front grille, custom LED taillights, and unusual “quarter-fin” appendages applied to the wheels. Honda claims the fins are for aerodynamic purposes, but they look more like drive wheels on an old steam locomotive.
Interior changes are much more restrained. The Sports Modulo wears piano black finish trim on the dashboard, navigation system surround panel, and center console. Accents, including the rings around vents, are trimmed in a contrasting brushed aluminum.
At this point, the Insight Sports Modulo is simply a concept, but it should be noted that Modulo is Honda’s in-house company that supplies body kits and other vehicular accessories. We wouldn’t be surprised if the firm produces Insight parts similar to these in the near future, but we would be stupefied if Honda imported them to the U.S.