Honda is finally giving in to popular demand for a new compact sports car. It is not going to be a new S2000, but a production version of the Honda S660 concept, which is a tiny two-seater with an even tinier engine. But at least they are making something that is not a hatchback or a sedan.
Honda S660 is set to go into production in 2015 at the firm’s Yokkaichi factory which specializes in compact cars, or kei cars as they are known in Japan. The S660 definitely fits the bill as a kei car, as it is just barely bigger than a Honda Fit super mini.
Honda is not making big claims about the S660 and is focusing on making something ordinary that is fun to drive rather than a full-blooded sports car. The Japanese version of the car is said to be powered by a three-cylinder engine developing 64 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed CVT transmission.
If Honda S660 makes it to overseas markets chances are it get a bigger powertrain. Well, bigger by kei car standard. It’ll probably be a 1.0 liter turbo unit with around 100 horsepower.