By on March 25, 2015

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Honda’s newest sports car, the S660, channels the diminutive, kei-class Beat more than the venerated S2000. I still love it.

There’s nothing wrong with the kei-car formula per se. I can live with the tiny footprint, the 660cc engine and the wheezy 63 horsepower. What’s really unfortunate is that the S660, in its current form, will never make it over to our market. The size and lack power have all but ensured that the S660 stays at home. Remember, people complained about the ND Miata having 155 horsepower. 63 hp is a non-starter. But it sure is cool.

 

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45 Comments on “2015 Honda S660 Spied Sans Camo...”


  • avatar
    duffman13

    That thing sure channels the “beat” as in beat with the ugly stick.

    I’m sure it’ll be fun, but the overstyling and proportions of the thing just make me appreciate my S2000 even more.

  • avatar

    Ford Edge, Nissan GT-R and Hyundai Veloster had a baby!

    I wonder if there’s a species somewhere in this universe that requires three different DNA to create an offspring?

    Trisexual reproduction.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      An American, a Japanese and a Korean walk into a bar…

    • 0 avatar
      VW16v

      From this picture, it is screaming chick car. No where near the looks of the old s2000.

      • 0 avatar
        Preludacris

        It’s a kei car (maximum 3.4m long x 1.48m wide). With a car that small, you can’t have nice proportions and still fit people inside it…

      • 0 avatar
        Superdessucke

        Agree. I consider this the belated and not much anticipated successor to the del Sol. Performance car? Not so much but at least another possible graduation gift for one’s teenage daughter.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          but at least another possible graduation gift for one’s teenage daughter.

          Ha, you reminded me that the only driver I personally knew with a Del Sol was a girl I went to college with. Daddy gave her a Del Sol at high school graduation and she knew how to drive stick but I’m not sure she even understood how to take the targa top off.

          Her over-sized… um… “personality” more than made up for it.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Looks so cool! Pop in the 3.5 from the Accord, and ship to The America!

    ;)

    More seriously, upsize this, and make a sporty Civic convertible or something.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    Oh my word, that has got to be one of the ugliest things I’ve seen in awhile. I think I’m offended that the word sport is associated with this.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    I dare say it looks pretty cool. Derek is right that 63hp wouldn’t fly here, though. At least double it then maybe we’ll have a deal.

    • 0 avatar
      EvilEdHarris

      I also think that it looks pretty cool. I guess the unique nature of the design (kei car) compared to the standard North American design makes it appealing.

      Perhaps increase the size of the car by 25% and add that 1.5 turbo and it could sell here in the US… I know that my 62 year old mother would be first in line for a 6 speed manual version to replace her aging S2000.

    • 0 avatar
      Beemernator

      63 hp from 660cc works out to 95hp/liter. That was a big deal not so long ago.

      • 0 avatar
        JuniperBug

        With smaller engines, high specific output is easier to achieve. My 600cc sport bike exceeded 140hp/L back in 1989. Granted, this car probably makes more torque and makes its peak power before 11,000 RPM.

      • 0 avatar
        carlisimo

        Kei cars are usually turbocharged, aren’t they?

        • 0 avatar
          kuman

          They are, but are capped to comply with govt regulation of no more than 64HP and top speed limited to 140kmh for kei’s and 180kmh for larger cars. i figure with ecu reflash one can easily by pass the limitation placed on the engine and ramp up the turbo. heheheheehe better yet. put a 1300GSR engine on it

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        Here lies part of the problem with using HP/L as a metric for comparing engines in cars. It doesn’t really tell us anything about how the engine performs or really how good it is under the circumstances. 63hp is still 63hp.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    If Honda could figure out a way to stuff their forthcoming 1.5 turbo mill in the back and rework the car to pass US crash standards, they’d have a license to print money.

  • avatar
    Tinn-Can

    >dat wheel gap
    horrifying

    • 0 avatar
      EvilEdHarris

      That caught my eye as well, however I’d wager one of two things… it is a pre-production model with the final suspension setup not yet worked out or with a regular sized (Japanese in this case) driver that wheel gap would close to a normal tolerance.

      But yes on a sporty car that is a horrifying sight!

  • avatar
    formula m

    I like the look for what it is. Kind of an evolution of a small, simple but sporty design by Honda.

    General Complaint: the ads in between articles on this site have become far too sensitive to the touch or something while using a cell phone. Just like the last bit seems I’m getting many more pop ups

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Agreed on both points.

      I like the car a lot. if 63 hp in a 5-speed Aspire/Festiva can be fun to beat around in (and it is), Im sure this smaller, lighter car would be very fun!

      perhaps Ford could supply Honda with its EcoBoost 3 cyl for the USDM? probably wouldnt pass our crash tests though, as it wasnt designed with them in mind (Im assuming).

  • avatar
    friedclams

    Looks like a Mitsubishi Eclipse from the back, which gives me the trots.

    • 0 avatar
      VW16v

      I could see it be voted in as the LGBT car of the year.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        gee, thats not offensive at all. should the Chrysler 300 be voted as African American car of the year? oh, thats right, its not okay to stereotype people based on their skin color, but evidently, its just fine to do so based on their sexual orintation.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          He makes other racist comments against Asians as well. Just ignore him, he contributes nada.

        • 0 avatar
          VW16v

          Corey, grow up and stop acting like a child. Stating this little convertible could win the LGBT award is not racist in any way. You are so damn wound up. Loosen up a bit man. It’s an actual website by the LGBT community. Gaywheels.com and don’t pretend you have not been to the site.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            ?

            That’s not what I said at all, of course it’s not racist. Bigotry is separate from racism.

            Characterize me all you want though.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            That was very classy of you, VW.

            /s

          • 0 avatar
            CooperS

            How was VW being rasict or a bigot ? I didn’t believe him. But gaywheels.com is an actual site and they rank cars. You calling people racist and a bigot does not look to cool. You are actually being shameful yourself. And I find the ones that call others racist are usually the ones with the most off the wall views regarding minorities.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            CooperS, read the comments in order. Look what he said, then look what JohnTaurus said. Then read what I said.

            Only then is a website mentioned, along with some assertions that I’m uptight and have been to said website, which is apparently what he was referencing in the first place “apparently.”

            A similar excuse was used last time. Support him if you like, makes you look great. ;)

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            My “classy” remark only had to do with the fact that VW felt it was necessary to say “don’t pretend you have not been to the site.”

          • 0 avatar
            CooperS

            Corey, I’m not supporting VW, you, or anyone else. I just don’t like people like you being the bully just because you don’t understand his comments or anyone else’s comments. Calling people a bigot or a racist is a bit extreme, and he or she is only defending themselves. I grew up in a Union family and watched peoples lives turned upside down by being accused of being a racist. And you calling people a bigot or a racist to make yourself feel better only brings back memories of some people using those words only to get ahead beacue they could not do it with hard work.

        • 0 avatar
          VW16v

          JohnTauras, wtf are you talking about ? I was not joking about gaywheels.com . I’ve seen it posted on yahoo.com and other sites. And it seems like you have some issues with African American’s. All I see driving Chrysler 300’s are older people of all races and nationalities. I am coming from the perspective of Florida drivers.

      • 0 avatar
        Charliej

        VW16v So you are telling us that you like it?

  • avatar
    Thatkat09

    I love it so much.

  • avatar
    DeeDub

    Why is there a grille where the rear bumper should be?

  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    So, just out of curiosity, what would this car benchmark on the EPA tests?


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