A spiritual successor to the Honda S600 and the Pininfarina-designed Honda Beat, the S660 Kei-roadster has gone on sale in Japan. The petite model was previewed by a funky-looking concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, so reaching mass-production status in under two years is probably a first, even for Honda.
Even though it has a retractable roof, which normally adds weight, the tiny mid-engine roadster is part of the Kei car category in Japan, weighing less than 2,000 pounds and measuring under 11.2 feet in length. Being part of that special category also means that the 660cc engine has its displacement restricted to that figure by law, but unconfirmed reports suggest that a hotter model sold outside Japan may benefit from a turbocharged, 1.0-liter engine, with its handling developed in cooperation with Mugen.
Updated 08/11/2015: A new report from Edmunds indicates that Honda is considering offering the S660 on the U.S. market too. Of course there are some questions that need answering first, like "It’s got to be commercially viable. It’s got to serve a purpose from a brand standpoint. What does it do for the brand?" - Honda. But a decision should come down soon.
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The new S660 kei car is slated to hit Japanese dealerships early this April, and to commemorate the occasion, Honda is launching the limited-run Concept Edition, which brings with it enhanced exterior styling and upgraded cabin equipment. Only 660 units will be produced, all of which are destined for the Japanese market.
The two-door roadster was originally seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and is essentially a spiritual successor to the 90s-era Beat, featuring an exceptionally low curb weight and very compact dimensions. Honda designed the vehicle around the philosophy of “Heart Beat Sport,” promising a driving experience in line with full-fledged sports cars.
It’s unfortunate that those of us residing stateside won’t get a chance to take the wheel of this simple, fun drop-top, but for anyone living in the Land of the Rising Sun, the S660 should deliver plenty of cheap thrills. While not extensive, the upgrades seen on the Concept Edition do provide some incentive to get in on Honda’s new project. But the question is, are they worth the bumped-up price tag?
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There is not other way to describe the Vision Gran Turismo project as awesome. So as we ring in the new year with high hopes for more automotive goodness, we leave 2013 with what is yet another teaser of one of the concepts that will make up the Vision Gran Turismo lineup for Gran Turismo 6.
This one comes by way of Honda, who if you didn’t know, has a pretty unique-looking concept on its hands. It’s far from what we’ve seen from other brands, but not all too radical to think that Honda may have gone a tad too far with its concept.
We do know, or at least come to see from the teaser, that the concept has an odd-looking shape: curved in the front and boxy at the back. The windshield is noticeably lacking in size; if you can even notice it at all. And the lights are slit-like, almost like there’s some kind of angry look coming out of it.
And it’s roofless, which seems to have been outed in advance, with what looks like a mid-engine configuration for good measure.
That’s as far as what we can tell about Honda’s Vision Gran Turismo Concept. Maybe there’s more to it than what we’re seeing. But from the looks of things, this concept teaser is susceptible to numerous interpretations depending on what you’re looking at.
Click past the jump to read about the BMW and Mercedes Vision Gran Turismo Concepts
Honda first revealed the CR-Z hybrid when the whole environmental thing took off, but then came to their senses and produced the new Turbo version that drops the hybrid drivetrain in favor of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s what happens when automakers don’t make the kind of money they want to. That being said, Honda is coming back now with a convertible version of their hybrid.
The fact that this new drop top version will retain the hybrid powertrain will make it the world’s first convertible hybrid. This convertible version was part of the plans from the very beginning, but engineers feared that the added weight of the convertible components wouldn’t suit the "sporty" character of the CR-Z, so Honda dropped it. Will bringing it back on the table help Honda get the type of sales it needs to make the CR-Z a successful model?
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Honda participated in 1964 to his first Formula 1 championship, in 2006, 37 years later, Honda launched itself a new challenge while participating in the Formula 1 Championship with a team 100% Honda.
The Honda S2000 was
born from passion, and will carry the pleasure to drive to the highest level.
"The Honda S2000 symbolizes the best of Honda’s performance engineering," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "More than just fun to drive, the S2000 puts Honda’s advanced racing technologies into a car that can be driven every day"