Honda S660: A Case Study In Avoiding Bloat
March 27th, 2015 10:42 AM Share
On the left, we have a Honda Beat. On the right the new Honda S660. Nearly 25 years separate the two cars, but their size has stayed roughly the same. Perhaps there is hope.
Published March 27th, 2015 10:16 AM
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I like the torpedo seat "backs" like a '62 Thunderbird, which was old news even then - it's a '50s styling aberration that looked good on Jag D-Types and Mercedes 300SLR. On an S660, they merit a chuckle. Two Big Mac sized North Americans aren't going to fit side by side in this thing.
I thought the original Beat came out as a companion to the NSX. I guess Honda is just duplicating the same thing with the new S660 and the new NSX, both look very bloated compare to their older counterparts. I think Miata would be a much better example of avoiding bloat.
beat was my first car I bought on the day I've got license. Came through owning and driving many serious sport cars since then, but nothing so far was more amusing to drive than this. Perfect weight distribution, hyper high rev engine/low geared transmission and robust no servo assistance breaks thought me everything of driving how to pull out all potential the car has. As been claimed, crash safety concern was the only thing I had to give up ownership. I am very excited for the new introduction and respect Honda's decision to make it happen, but the 7000 rpm red zone turbo engine is question for my taste..
also avoiding the boat (to the US)