While sports car enthusiasts were hoping that Honda would finally revive the S2000 to give the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 a run for its money, Honda had other plans. Those plans included a successor to the tiny Beat, which arrived as the S660 Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. After a year of complete silence on the matter, a leaked brochure confirmed the S660 was on its way to the production line with a mid-mounted, three-cylinder engine rated at 63 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. What the brochure didn’t say, though, was whether Honda would sell the S660 globally.
Come 2015 and we still don’t know much about this tiny, sporty two-seater, but I can’t say the same about the folks over at Japanese auto website Love Cars!, who have already driven the S660. It’s all documented in the five-minute video above, in which a white S660 that looks as production ready as they get is being driven on Japan’s Sodegaura Forest Raceway. What’s more, it seems there are at least three more examples of the compact roadster at the track, which suggests the test might have taken place during a media event. Unfortunately, I’ve skipped too many Japanese classes to be able to decipher what the man behind the wheel has to say.
Bottom line: the S660’s specs are still a mystery, but at least I can confirm the sports car is ready to hit auto shows and Japanese showrooms later on.
2016 Honda S660
Find out more about the upcoming Honda S660 here.