Honda S660 Concept Revives the Spirit of the Beat, Points to 2014 Production Model

Honda has released the first photos of its new S660 Concept, just ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show in late November. The S660 looks like an evolved concept of the 2011 EV-STER and is believed to preview the small roadster mentioned by Honda CEO Takanobu Ito last year. Ito had said at the time that a small open-top sports car would go on sale in Japan in 2014.

While very few details were released by the Japanese carmaker, the S660 looks like a spiritual successor to the Pininfarina-designed 1991-1996 Beat kei-class roadster.

The pint-sized roadster’s name suggests that, unlike the electric-powered EV-STER, the S660 is fitted with a 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, possibly, but not certainly, positioned mid-ship, judging by the side and rear vents.

The two seater model will be joined in Tokyo by the world premiere of the production version of the Honda Fit / Jazz-based Urban SUV Concept, unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January of this year, as well as the N-WGN, the fourth model of the N Series of mini-vehicles.

Also on display will be a number of motorcycle debuts such as the Dunk, a 50 cc scooter equipped with a newly-developed liquid-cooled engine and the CB1300 SUPER BOL D’OR that comes with LED headlights and a 6-speed transmission.

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