The Honda N-One kei car now comes with a manual gearbox

We imagine it’s pretty fun to drive
by Stephen Dobie | Sep 15, 2020
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Every single kei car is cute, but some are lucky enough to hit every branch of the cute tree on their plummet to the streets of Tokyo. Kei cars like the Honda N-One.

This is it in mildly updated form, but Honda has sensibly left its adorable face pretty much alone. It’s all typical facelift fare: newly LED head- and taillights, minor tweaks for the grille and bumpers, and… nothing else. We want to cuddle it just as much as we did before.

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The biggest news sits between driver and passenger. Go for the top-spec N-One RS and you’ll have the option of a six-speed manual gearbox to replace the standard CVT auto.

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Being a car that slots into tight kei regulations—governing exterior dimensions not much larger than a roller skate, and engines to 660cc and 63hp maximums—it’s not going to behave like a shrunken Civic Type R.

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But if Honda’s dinky kei roadster—the similarly cuddly S660, which recently got the Mugen treatment—is anything to go by, it’ll be a delightful and engaging manual. Inside a truly delightful little vehicle...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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