The Honda EV-STER concept is once again in focus. Unofficially, the Japanese car manufacturer is reconsidering to introduce the similar production model. At this point, we can’t say whether it will be named “EV-STER” or somehow else. However, we are pretty convinced it will come in the next two years. In any case, since it’s a small sports car, the upcoming vehicle may be successor of once popular Honda Beat. This would be really fantastic.
Honda EV-STER Concept: Powertrain
Back in 2011, the Honda EV-STER came powered with an electric engine. The powertrain used a rear-wheel drive system, which draws the power from 10kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup was capable to deliver a driving range of around 100 miles, which was impressive then, but it’s not now. The cute convertible was capable for a 0-60 sprint in 5 seconds, while a top speed was limited on 100 mph. Now, in case the production model really comes with electric –only drivetrain, it must be significantly better. Still, we think that the upcoming Honda EV-STER won’t be EV but a hybrid. This would be the best solution, because the Japanese car manufacturer already has some amazing hybrid systems.
Impressive Exterior and Interior
The concept car had really interesting exterior design either. Okay, the carmaker forgot to add any kind of roof, but this won’t be the case with the production model of course. The tiny car gets the interesting sweptback exterior styling and quite amazing front end. The front fascia sports very aggressive integrated headlamps and grille, and a massive bumper with two large air intakes. Around back, the convertible looks even more interesting. The taillights are completely connected, while the rear hatch looks really sleek.
As for the interior, there is no way that we would see anything similar on the production model. The micro convertible has no steering wheel. Instead, there are two joysticks that pivot forward and backwards. The rest of the dash is user friendly, so the automaker could use it for the production model. Yet, without these solar panels, which are almost unusable.
Estimated Price and Arrival
Like we said, the Honda EV-STER will hit the production lines in two years, so it will be either the 2018 or 2019 model. The convertible car should be the biggest rival of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which means that the price could start from around $24K.