Honda S660: Cruising Tokyo With 63HP Is More Fun Than It Sounds

Four years ago, Honda unveiled a small roadster with two seats called the S660, a car some (exaggeratedly) dubbed at the time, a miniaturized cross between an NSX and an S2000. In truth, it’s the spiritual successor to the early 1990’s Beat convertible.

Despite several rumors surrounding a possible launch in the U.S. and other markets, the car was, and will remain, a Japan-only affair.

Designed specifically for the Land of the Rising Sun, the S660 is a kei car, which means that it’s very tiny, yet it can still be driven legally on highways.

At 133.7 in (3,395 mm) long, 58.1 in (1,475 mm) wide and 46 in (1,180 mm) tall, it’s actually smaller than a Volkswagen Up!. It’s also lighter, tipping the scales at around 1,870 lbs (850 kg).

Naturally, the small packaging doesn’t require much to move around. Thus, it’s powered by a 0.66-liter three-cylinder petrol engine, which makes 63 hp (64 PS / 47 kW) and 77 lb-ft (104 Nm) of torque. The mill is mounted behind the driver and is linked to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, which channel output to the rear wheels.

That’s right, it’s a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive model, with a very good 45-55 front-rear weight distribution.

Contrary to the tiny engine, the S660 feels quite agile on the go. The steering is sharp enough to encourage some sporty driving every now and then, and there’s even a dedicated Sport mode that makes it a bit more interesting.

There are of course some drawbacks to owning such a vehicle, which are very obvious just by looking at it. Others, like the annoying wind noise with the top down on the highway, were pointed out in the review-like video of the roadster posted below, which took place in Tokyo with a rental.

 

  • Ary Wisesa

    Well, I wouldn’t mind to have it. Unfortunately Honda doesn’t sell it in my country.

    • LeStori

      They only sell really ugly Hondas where I live.

    • Merc1

      I wouldn’t mind one either. Honda should really try to sell it here in the U.S.

      M

  • LeStori

    Even weirder driving on the right hand side of the road with the steering on the left! For Millenia we “drove on the left.

  • john1168

    I’m in Narita now and I just saw one of these in blue. Looks like a fun little car and it’s too bad they don’t sell stuff like this in the US. It doesn’t look like it has much trunk space and it is quite small so I can see why it wouldn’t do well in other markets.

    Lots of Silva’s driving around here 🙂

    • No, it doesn’t have any trunk space, unfortunately.

  • Ilbirs

    I remember when this car was released about some rumors circulating stating that it’d have a worldwide version called S1000 that unfortunately didn’t translate into reality. It’d have been one of the greatest inexpensive cars on recent times. Unfortunately all this creative flow seen on JDM models doesn’t reflect that much on worldwide lineups from the same Japanese automakers except for a Fit or other great model in which that crazyness made viable that heads the engineering teams happens to be easily adaptable to other contexts.

  • LOOKS LIKE FUN.
    IF THEY SELL THE SMART (FIRST GEN QUALIFIED AS A KEI CAR) IN THE US I DON’T KNOW WHY SOME OF THE SHARPER KEI CARS AREN’T SOLD HERE.

    • Matt

      And how well is Smart doing currently?

      • NO IDEA EXCEPT THAT I SEE A LOT OF THEM IN NYC. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE SOME OF THE COOL KEI CARS THEY HAVE IN JAPAN.

  • Had a chance to drive this lately. It really handles like a Lotus Elise. Brilliant.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      I’d love to try (own) one. Had a Cappuccino a few years ago now. The most fun I ever had with my clothes on.
      Would you say like a Lotus (you did!) or as good as a Lotus?

      • Considering the fact that the Honda costs less than half of the Elise, I’d say that S660 is as good as a Lotus. You had the Cappuccino, you’ll not regret owning the S660.

  • Bash

    Looks definitely nice to drive around

  • TheBelltower

    Awesome! I don’t think this would be a huge seller in the US. But it sure would have a cult following. And add some character to an otherwise drab Honda showroom.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Especially if you empty the space and hoon through at 10/10ths.

  • Kebbie Prime

    Beautiful

  • Gish

    I have one in Sri Lanka and it’s honestly the most ridiculously entertaining car I’ve ever owned. My first time, I didn’t take it seriously during a triple test with a 2018 Miata and a Fiat 124. Whilst those two are tail out brilliant, only the S660 had me laughing my head off at the very first corner.

    Slow as mollasses (OK, not that slow) in a straight line, but that’s not the point. Take a corner and you’ll understand. Even at 30kph it’s gigglacious.

    I’ve been lucky enough as a motor journo to drive some great cars from Porsche GTS models to hooning AMG on snow and own/owned an Abarth 500, Alfasud and R5 GT Turbo, but for every day, constant fun, this is the best so far.

    If they made a S2000 successor with these ingredients, it would be amazing. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87f2f960ef8096d982d9d8bf701d1ab88430a0d26b7832ffd05d3e57b97ccdbb.jpg

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