Even among sports cars, the J-VX was remarkably lightweight. Its compact, aerodynamic form housed a front-engine configuration, 2+2 seating, and nearly ideal front/rear weight ratio delivering true sports car performance. Honda developed a hybrid sports car powertrain that was among the world’s lowest emission rates thanks to its 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system.
The IMA system featured a slim electric motor connected with the engine and functioned as a supplemental power source during acceleration. The combination hybrid powertrain and continuously variable Honda Multi-Matic transmission resulted in smooth acceleration. Moreover, the compact, super-light body and powertrain combine to offer the kind of quick, agile handling only available in lightweight sports cars. Futuristic styling incorporated a top glass roof, and the cockpit housed snug-fitting one-piece, full-bucket seats reminiscent of Formula racing cars.
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