The Honda SSM concept which was introduced at the 1995
Tokyo Motor Show was a preview of the upcoming Honda
S2000 which was released a few years later.
The SSM (Sports Study Model) was highly praised at its
launch and it generated a significant amount of interest
from driving enthusiasts eager to try out an all-new front
engine, RWD roadster from the same company which brought
the world the NSX.
Developed by Honda at the company's Wako design center
in Tokyo, the SSM featured stunning bodywork and almost
textbook proportions. Thankfully both were carried through
to the production car.
The drivetrain of the Honda SSM concept featured a 2.0
litre, 5-cylinder VTEC engine and a 5-speed semiautomatic
gearbox. The SSM was one of the first road cars - once
it went into the production - to use a prominent starter
button to bring the engine to life, and also inject some
additional race-inspired drama into the cockpit.
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