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Honda's production Clarity Fuel Cell on the test track (pictures)

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell will be available for lease in 2016, but you can check it out a little early.

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TOKYO -- This is Honda's 2016 Clarity Fuel Cell.

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It's a mass-production ready version of the Japanese automaker's previous FCX Clarity.

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The car is hydrogen-powered, an electric car that emits only water.

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The car has about 175 horsepower, which isn't much, but it's more than enough to deliver adequate performance.

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It's also quite comfortable on the inside.

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Styling is...debatable. Aerodynamics winning over aesthetics, perhaps.

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The entire fuel cell and powertrain is contained between the front wheels.

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The battery pack fits beneath the front seats.

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The hydrogen tank fills up the majority of the trunk, while a second tank fits under the rear seats.

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The cutaway shows the fuel cell stack, which is positioned on top of the electric motor.

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And the tanks situated behind the rear.

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Honda's previous fuel cell stack is on the left, versus the new one on the right.

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