TOKYO – As a nod to its sports-car tradition and its first car, the S500 2-seater,Motor Co. Ltd. unveils the sleek mid-engine HSC high-performance concept here at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show.
Delivering more than 300 hp from a V-6 DOHC powerplant, HSC likely is a peek at the auto maker’s replacement for its NSX supercar, due next year.
The exterior design screams speed with proportions similar to a Lamborghini. HSC’s upper half features high curves and long slopes, while the lower body is comprised of sharp lines and rigid angles.
The interior maintains HSC’s captivating design. Black and blue carbon, nubuck leather and crystal aluminum adorn the elaborate cockpit. The instrument panel features a skeletal motif and a paddle-gear shifter as well as an 8-in. (20-cm) tilt-up monitor providing a variety of information.
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The HSC (for Honda Sport Concept) is based on an aluminum frame wrapped with aluminum and composite body panels. The long wheelbase measures 102.4 ins. (260 cm) and overhangs are short – overall length is 167 ins. (425 cm) – accentuating HSC’s performance image.
In addition to the HSC, Honda unveils three other concepts here: the ASM 8-seat minivan, the carbon-composite-bodied IMAS and the fuel-cell-powered KIWAMI sedan.
Designed in the image of an ocean cruiser, ASM features a V-6 engine equipped with Variable Cylinder Management, which periodically shuts down some engine cylinders during highway cruising for improved fuel efficiency.
Weighing 1,543 lbs. (700 kg), the IMAS resembles Honda’s Insight hybrid-powered small car currently in production.
An H-shaped layout is used for the fuel-cell system in the KIWAMI concept, which features a minimalist design, all-wheel drive and an aluminum and carbon-composite body.