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 |  Nov 29 2012, 11:11 AM

Ever since its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda EV-STER Concept has been at the center of speculation and rumors of whether or not it’ll become a production model.

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 |  Oct 14 2012, 1:12 PM

Honda President Takanobu Ito has confirmed that a new-generation Beat model will be heading to production, bringing back the automaker’s mini-sports car from 20 years ago.

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 |  Dec 18 2011, 3:00 PM

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After confirming that the EV-STER Concept was making its way into production, it appears now that Honda‘s concept may not be an electric vehicle at all. We already knew that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito already hinted at the possibility of both standard gasoline and electric powertrains for the EV-STER Concept, and now we have reason to believe that the gasoline variant may see the light of day before the electric one does.

The EV-STER has a layout perfect for an engine to be housed right behind the seats, making it a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive replacement for the popular but now discontinued Honda S2000. Unfortunately no one still has any reports of which powerplant is even on Honda’s radar to use in the EV-STER, but now we’re really hoping for a S2000 replacement from the EV-STER.

GALLERY: Honda EV-STER Concept

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[Source: Motor Trend]

 |  Dec 14 2011, 8:00 PM

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Honda recently unveiled their EV-STER Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, showing off an all-electric sports car that seats two and is rear-wheel-drive. Now reports are coming in that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has said that the roadster is headed to production and could be offered with both standard gasoline and electric powertrains.

The interview was with Auto Motor und Sport, and the publication speculates that the vehicle could be launched as early as next year. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda revealed details of its electric powerplant with 78-hp and a possible 100-mile range. What Honda intends to do with a gasoline powerplant in this sporty roadster is what will be most interesting – they could definitely use a new sports car in the market.

GALLERY: Honda EV-STER Concept

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[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

 |  Nov 29 2011, 9:19 PM

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The star attraction of Honda’s Tokyo Motor Show press conference is an all-new electric sports car concept. Initially billed as the Small Sports EV Concept, at it’s debut Honda is now referring to the car as the EV-STER.

The rear wheel drive two seater looks like a spiritual successor to the Beat sporty car. Measuring 3,570 mm or 140 inches it’s about two feet shorter than the Honda S2000. With a max electric output of 58 kW (or 78 hp) Honda claims a 0-60 time in 5.0 seconds. Sound too good to be true? It is. That’s 0-60 km/h, not miles.

Honda claims a 160 km (100 mile) range, roughly equivalent to its new Fit EV, with a 6 hour charge using a conventional plug and a 3 hour charge time with a 200 volt outlet.

GALLERY: Honda EV-STER

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See video of the car below:

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