Honda produced a popular sports car in the early 1990s, sold under its Acura badge in America, until the car disappeared at the turn of the century. Fear not, Honda NSX is back, supposedly.
"We need a halo car," Honda's design manager Yoshikazu Kigoshi told UK TV series TopGear, "and this is a decision that's come from Ito-san down. A new S2000 is a difficult car for us to do, because of its front-engined, rear-drive platform. But we are definitely looking at the EV-ster and a new NSX."1
And why not give sports cars another shot? Honda produces the fuel efficient 2012 Honda CR-Z hybrid, in its second year at Norris Honda in Baltimore.
Kigoshi confirmed NSX will get the auto maker's new SH-AWD torque vectoring system. This set up uses independent electric motors on its rear wheels to optimize cornering.
EV-ster will use a new platform, and be offered in either gas or purely electric variants. EV-ster will replace a traditional steering wheel with TLS: 'twin lever steering' that is typically seen on F1 race cars. Stay tuned for more on this development.