Honda's S660 Marks the Return of the S! Mid-engined and RWD, sounds like fun to me!
Since Honda cut production of the S2000 in 2009, those looking for a cheap, fun & light-weight RWD Japanese roadster had no real alternative but the Mazda Miata. While many enthusiast will say that’s all fine and dandy because credit where credit is due, the Miata (see our review of it here) is an excellent car. But what’s the point of living in a democracy if we don’t get to choose!?
Honda understands this and in response have introduced the S660 concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. On the surface, the turbocharged mid-engined, RWD, roadster shows a lot of promise. But when you take a deeper look at the specs, that’s when you notice the caveat. The turbocharged 660cc (get it? S660?) engine is only putting out a meager 67 hp through a continuously variable transmission. Still though, the diminutive little car could prove to be quite nimble with a curb weight under 1900 lbs.
There’s more good news, Honda says the 660cc engine is for Japanese domestic markets and the company hasn’t ruled out the possibility of export models getting larger displacement engines (keep your fingers crossed ladies and gents).
With the new NSX slated for production in 2015, the incoming S660, as well as the bevy of cheap fun sports cars currently available from other Japanese automakers, it’s definitely a good time to be a car enthusiast.