Honda OSM Concept Revealed @ London Motor Show
Posted on Tuesday 22 July 2008
Honda has taken the covers off a new two-seat concept for a future low-emissions sports car that’s already being touted as a preview of the replacement for the aging S2000 roadster. The new concept, dubbed the Open Study Model (OSM), is officially described as a ‘design study’ that promotes Honda’s new green performance image.
The goal for the project was to create something ‘Clean and Dynamic’ – and this direction was followed for both the exterior and interior design. Key characteristics are the smooth and rounded curves, and unique headlights that stretch from the nose to the top of the wheel arches.
Inside, the dash is broken into sections, with the most important instruments in direct line-of-sight of the driver. Key information is displayed in a rounded, enclosed central binnacle, with levels and figures in bright blue on a black background. This matches the trim inside the car, with the seats and door innards trimmed in glossy blue leather.
A centrally-mounted semi-sequential gearlever is also installed, as is a pair of steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Integrated into the gearshifter is a red ignition ‘start’ button.
Honda spokesman Steve Kirk previously stated that the OSM is just a design study and is not yet confirmed for production. He also said it was not a successor for the S2000 roadster despite being a convertible.
Also on show at this week’s London event is the confirmed-for-production CR-Z sports hybrid and FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car.