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New Honda Beat: Next-Generation Kei Roadster Speculated

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Remember the original Beat, Honda's pint-sized, two-seater roadster with the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout of the 1990s? Well, Japan's Best Car magazine is doing what it does best by speculating on the return of the Beat in Honda's car range.

Our knowledge of the Japanese language is non-existent so we can't share any details from the article (any help would be hugely appreciated) but we assume from the side air-vents that the design proposal is for a rear-engined roadster - something like the poor man's Porsche.

We don't know if the rendering / story is based on actual inside information or pure speculation, but it would be interesting to hear your say about whether or not a model like this could be successful in markets outside Japan in today's world of downsizing and greener cars.

Via: Best Car


HIGH-RES PHOTO GALLERY HONDA BEAT (click picture to open)






19 Comments:

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

Im from Europe (Spain). Not a bad idea

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

Bring it on Honda, but bring it to the US this time, eh..

-Jorge

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

I like it

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

Looks a lot like the Renault TwingoCC

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

So it's basically a mini-Lambo? Cool!

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

I say build it for all markets sell it in the states and dont put a stupid hybrid drivetrain in it ! i really hope they bring out a non hybrid version of the CRZ , if they do ill buy one !

Max said... »December 28, 2009

Lamborghini design with a kei car price tag, sounds pretty nice. Let's see it in the metal.

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

"So it's basically a mini-Lambo?"

Far far far far far from being a mini Lamborghini.

Anonymous said... »December 28, 2009

"So it's basically a mini-Lambo?"

"Lamborghini design with a kei car price tag, sounds pretty nice. Let's see it in the metal."

I would like to have an educated argument with you about those two sentences, but if you are daft enough to compare a Raging Bull from Bologna with a rubish, low-quality, budget, wanna-be roadster, kei car from Honda, anyone would fail to make your brain understand the word "educated". I'm sorry, but this is as far from being a Lamborghini as the distance between the Sun and Pluto, and only blind men could see a similarity.

Anonymous said... »December 29, 2009

why is it that the size of the engine and amount of cylinders would mean the difference between a 'raging bull' and a 'rubish, low-quality, budget, wanna-be roadster, kei car'?

Not really the 'educated argument' you claimed to be making.

Max said... »December 29, 2009

"I would like to have an educated argument with you about those two sentences, but if you are daft enough to compare a Raging Bull from Bologna with a rubish, low-quality, budget, wanna-be roadster, kei car from Honda, anyone would fail to make your brain understand the word "educated". I'm sorry, but this is as far from being a Lamborghini as the distance between the Sun and Pluto, and only blind men could see a similarity."

Blah blah blah, I was talking about the design of the car in the rendering, but hey look at me, I'm a snob and a nerd that can post many words that nobody gives a damn.

SamuraiJack said... »December 29, 2009

"I would like to have an educated argument with you about those two sentences, but if you are daft enough to compare a Raging Bull from Bologna with a rubish, low-quality, budget, wanna-be roadster, kei car from Honda, anyone would fail to make your brain understand the word "educated". I'm sorry, but this is as far from being a Lamborghini as the distance between the Sun and Pluto, and only blind men could see a similarity."

Dear anonymous, I'm sure they were only talking about the styling. You have to admit, it does look like a Lamborghini crossed with an Anime comic, doesn't it?

As for "rubish, low-quality, budget, wanna-be roadster", have you ever driven a Honda Beat, Suzuki Cappuccino or Mazda AZ-1? If not then your argument isn't very educated, is it?

And relax, you're gonna get an ulcer

Anonymous said... »December 29, 2009

Well all that 'rubbish' aside, any auto that can put a smile on your face, deserves to get built and widely distributed.

We have never had a Honda top-less sporty here in the States. Honda should do something about that. The rear wheel drive is a bonus too. Give it high MPG capability, and Honda will have a winner.

There was a time when Sporty drivers used to wave to each other... A mutual recognition of a shared celebration of a unique experience.

3Deuce27

Anonymous said... »December 29, 2009

"We have never had a Honda top-less sporty here in the States."

Liar. There was a US spec S2000 and (to a lesser extent) the Civic Del Sol.

Anonymous said... »December 29, 2009

"Liar"...? To be a 'Liar' you have to be willful...I just had a brain fart. That will pass. Mean and stupid is however, untreatable

Mistaken and forgetful of a great car...unforgivable. Completely forgot about the S2000 and there is one parked across the street right outside my window..LOL!

Del Sol ...Doesn't qualify as topless.

3Deuce27

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

Do not forget the Honda Quality. Honda makes these cars for the masses and the Lamb charges a Bomb for its supersport cars which Honda will also produce in future which i can gurantee will be great to drive.

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

Its freakin awesome- the front, the way the hood falls. Its super desireable.

Max said... »December 30, 2009

You are right SamuraiJack, it was also a time when airplane food was delicious and the flight was a delight. Now the food is awful, you are loosing time with security checks and if you are lucky the plane might get blew up by some crazy, angry islamist. Now back to cars, many sports cars are owned by cocks, rappers or dentists who are buying them mostly to make a statement, nut for the great sensations they offer. Well I guess this is the progress and diversity the the 80's and eve 90's liberals were talking about.

Anonymous said... »December 30, 2009

"it does look like a Lamborghini crossed with an Anime comic, doesn't it?"

I do not want my car or any car too look like a rejected drawing from a damn cartoon for children.

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