The Integra, the S2000 and, of course, the Civic Type R--these are just some of the names that come to mind when the Japanese automotive brand Honda is mentioned. While the company is known the world over for churning out practical, everyday cars such as the Civic, the Accord and the CR-V, the brand also has a fun side. And now, Honda is once again set to take the fun factor up a notch in the newly launched S660.
The latest model to come out of the Honda stable has excitement written all over it. The two-seat, open-top roadster hopes to bring back the joy of driving for anyone who gets behind the wheel. In fact, the project and development brief alone says it all: "Heart Beat Sport." According to Honda, the little roadster offers "excitement and a heart-throbbing experience" in every nook and cranny.
A quick glance at the car is enough to make you want to hop into this mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car and drive. With an ideal 45:55 weight distribution front and rear, this means the car boasts the ideal balance for the utmost in cornering and handling. Apart from this, the body, which was developed solely for the S660, uses lightweight materials for even greater agility at any speed. To top it off, an open-air cabin provides a feeling of being one with the road and the elements.
Powering the new Honda S660 is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine displacing a scant 660cc and putting out 64hp. Don’t let the paltry figures fool you as the lightweight body helps bring out the most of the motor, especially when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox--the first of its kind in this type of vehicle. If you’re not keen on shifting gears yourself, you can opt for the seven-speed CVT with paddle shifters instead. Either way, you and your passenger can bask in the unique, dual-tone interior with light-gray seats for the driver and a darker shade of gray for the passengers.
If this isn’t hot enough for you, you might want to check out the limited-edition S660 Concept Edition. As the name suggests, this special model is limited to just 660 units and will formally trumpet the market launch of its regular S660 sibling. What sets this model apart from the pack is the Bordeaux-red top, two-tone side mirrors, water-repellant "Ultra Glass Coating Neo" treatment, and specially coated exhaust pipe finisher. Inside, red stitching adorns various parts of the cabin, along with an aluminum plate bearing the car’s serial number--from 1 through 660.
Being a Honda, the car is truly safe with a slew of safety kit, including hill start assist, emergency stop signal, and city brake active system, a feature similar to Volvo’s City Safety.
The new S660 and S660 Concept Edition will go on sale beginning this April. Want one? Well, you have to live in Japan to purchase one as the car will only be sold in that market.