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THE SUPERCAR IS TURNING JAPANESE WITH HONDA'S HSC.

Byline: By GRAEME LENNOX

HONDA look as if they have Ferrari firmly in their sights ahead of this month's Birmingham Motor Show.

The stunning High-performance Sports Coupe (HSC) is the Japanese firm's take on the ultimate supercar.

Supreme handling and luxurious comfort make this a thoroughbred from the land of the rising sun.

The HSC features a lightweight, 3.5-litre, V-6 engine located amidships for optimum balance and superior cornering.

Gear changes are done through a handy dial shifter on the centre console or an F-1-style paddle shifter on the steering wheel.

A four-wheel, double-wishbone suspension with Brembo disc brakes give maximum stopping power. The body is made of carbon fibre panels on an aluminium frame. Short overhangs and a long wheelbase maximise handling.

The cockpit is rounded and sleek for an aggressive look and increased visibility. A clear glass engine cover behind shows off the car's powerhouse.

A low waistline, rectangular air intakes, scissor-style doors and sharp lines leave no doubt as to the concept's sporty nature. The wedge-shaped front includes large air ducts, projector-style headlamps and smooth lines for enhanced aerodynamics.

In the rear, high-illumination LEDs are incorporated into the tail light housing for extra visibility.

Owners aren't going to want any unwelcome scratches so Honda have even incorporated a rear-view camera.

Inside, the cockpit has black nubuck leather trim and lots of aluminium. A thick, leather-wrapped performance steering wheel and aluminium foot pedals offer increased road feedback and precise control.

The HSC is just one of the cars Honda are bringing to the show, which runs from May 27 to June 6.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 2, 2004
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