Autocar New Honda Beat S660 concept revealed

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  1. Autocar Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    S660-01. Honda unveils radical Kei car concept ahead of Tokyo motor show, likely to lead Beat revivalThe Honda S660 concept car has been revealed ahead of the Tokyo motor show.
    Described by Honda as 'an open-top sports-type mini-vehicle', the S660 is likely to become the spiritual successor to the manufacturer's original S600 sports car of the 1960s.
    The S660 name suggests the model will use a 660cc engine for power, which alongside its very small dimensions means the concept appears to be aimed at the Japanese Kei car market. A Kei car must be less than 3.4 metres long by 1.49 metres wide, and had a fixed engine capacity of 660cc.
    From these concept pictures we can see the S660 uses an automatic transmission with paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel. A partly digital dashboard can also be seen on the interior.
    Reports suggest the S660 concept could be seen in production form as the revised Honda Beat. The manufacturer recently confirmed it would be bringing the roadster back for the modern age, while a reveal for any such model at the Tokyo show was also discussed. Daihatsu is also planning a return for its Copen sports car.
    Honda has yet to confirm whether the S660 in its final production form would be sold outside of Japan, and whether it would explore more powerful engine options for international markets. However, Autocar understands that the Beat’s platform is capable of being modified to allow for global sales. Certainly, Honda’s troubled European operations would welcome the image boost of a sports car.
    The original Beat was built between 1991 and 1996 and is said to have been one of the influences behind the MGF.
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  2. ArcticFire Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Scotland Graham Scotland
    Lovely looking car!
    Last edited: Wednesday 23rd Oct, 2013
  3. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    I will get some high res pictures up later. It looks stunning.
  4. John Dickson Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    They have got to put this car into production!
  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds