Honda, Subaru and Toyota felt the need for speed and devised fascinating ways to satisfy that urge to drive fast. The results are the three Japanese speedsters here, which are destined to delight Asian boyracers everywhere from Tokyo to Toa Payoh.
Honda’s EV Sports Concept (white car) is based on the battery-powered platform of the Urban EV Concept, a retro-funky hatchback. According to Honda, the compact and low-slung electric coupe provides powerful and smooth acceleration, serene quietness and exciting manoeuvrability. The two-seat cockpit is said to have a friendly fascia that naturally blends in with any lifestyle, and the onboard Automated Network Assistant is able to communicate with the driver and perhaps be his sporty co-driver.
Subaru’s Viziv Performance Concept (blue car) appears to be a sleek preview of the next-generation STI high-performance saloon, although the technical information is limited to length, width, height, wheelbase and tyre size (245/40 R20). The press info also mentions a rigid body with carbon fibre parts in the bumpers, fenders and roof, a symmetrical AWD layout powered by a boxer engine, and a bold exhaust.
Toyota’s GR HV Sports (black car) is a redesigned 86, but the changes are significant – modified frontal bodywork, a targa top that turns the coupe into a partial roadster, dramatically different LED headlights inspired by those on the Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid racing car, aluminium wheels to match the matt black paintwork, and a racy rear diffuser. The prominent exhaust outlet leads to a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, with the battery mounted near the centre of the car for optimum weight distribution. The main change in the cockpit is to the transmission operation – the 6-speed automatic has been made to look and operate like an H-pattern manual gearbox, with “PRNDM” switches on the dashboard and a push-button ignition switch hidden within the gearknob.