2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Honda S660 Roadster Revealed, May Get Turbo One Liter Three For Export
Seen as a successor to the early ’90s Honda Beat kei car, the new S660 roadster, which will go into production in 2014, was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show. The midengined car, as the nomenclature indicates, is powered by a 660cc three cylinder turbocharged engine driving through a seven speed paddle shifted transmission. While kei cars are meant specifically for the Japanese domestic market, there is a possibility that it might be sold, with modifications in other countries. Honda senior designer Ryo Sugiura, when asked about selling the little roadster outside of Japan, said, “I cannot tell you if it will or will not. It’s a secret. The car would certainly need some re-engineering.”
While 660 cubic centimeters is probably too small for even Europe, let alone the United States, the engine is thought to be tuned relatively mildly, creating the possibility of higher performance versions for export markets. Also, it’s rumored that the engine bay of the S660 is large enough to take the 105 hp 1 liter turbo three that will power the next generation Honda Jazz/Fit.
Sugiura said that the production version will be almost identical to the concept.
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