Honda Unveils DN-X Hybrid Sports Sedan

March 31, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Acura unit of Honda Motor Co. (Japan) unveiled its DN-X concept sports sedan that employs a powertrain using a gasoline-powered engine and an electric motor. The V6 engine powers the rear wheels in the DN-X and Honda's integrated motor assist electric motor powers the front wheels, resulting in a 400HP vehicle with a fuel economy of 42mpg, according to Acura.

The DN-X features a driver's choice transmission. When placed in the manual mode, the DN-X is controlled by a clutchless six-speed transmission. The gear shift is mounted on the steering wheel. To place the transmission in the automatic mode, the driver need only move the selector to "D" on the center console. The DN-X is also equipped with night vision, adaptive cruise control and "lane-keeping control." The system uses infrared cameras and voice guidance to help keep the sports car on its intended course.