An urban-oriented counterpart to the Honda Element will debut this fall boasting an exclusive sport suspension, larger wheels and tires, unique styling, and special features, as demonstrated by the Element SC Concept Honda displayed at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. "The Element SC prototype is the city-dwelling, style-conscious brother of the original Element," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda.

Its performance-oriented attitude is supported by such SC-exclusive features as projector beam headlights, custom front bumper, lowered suspension, large alloy wheels, custom grille, and a lowered roofline trim effect. The interior takes on an entirely new personality thanks to a center console with enclosed storage areas ideal for mobile phones and MP3 players, as well as trim accents that correspond to the copper-colored dash illumination.

The 2007 Element SC prototype is driven by a 2.4-liter, DOHC, i-VTEC engine that benefits from a 10 horsepower increase over the 2006 Element, bringing the total to 166 horsepower (SAE net revised 8/04). A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with an available five-speed automatic transmission (instead of the four-speed previously offered). The 2007 Honda Element will introduce a seat belt system integrated into the front seats that allows rear seat occupants to exit the vehicle without requiring front occupants to disconnect their seatbelts.

The Element SC prototype features custom 21-inch cast-aluminum alloy wheels, 245/35R21 high-performance custom tires, and four-wheel disc brakes with large brake rotors and custom copper-appearance brake calipers. A production vehicle based on the Element SC prototype will go on sale this fall.

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