Honda S660 Concept: tiny 2-seater has verve, looks ready for production

At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda will show off the S660 Concept, pointing to a small two-seat car that it might produce in the near future.

The S660 Concept is in both name and function a tribute to one of Honda’s first cars, the S600 coupe and convertible. The S600 was so named because it was powered by a 606cc (0.6L) 4-cylinder engine. Power in those cars, just 43kW, went to the rear wheels.

Honda isn’t saying very much about the S660 Concept at the moment, presumably saving most of the info for the motor show proper. If Honda stays true to the original’s naming convention, the S660 could be powered by a 660cc petrol engine. Given Honda’s desire to put hybrid drivetrains into all its recent sporty cars, such as the upcoming second generation Honda/Acura NSX and the current CR-Z, it’s likely the S660’s tiny petrol engine will be augmented by an electric motor.

The S660 Concept has flappy paddles behind the steering wheel, so it seems likely that the car will feature either a continuously variable or dual-clutch transmission. The interior also features an all-LCD instrument cluster, as well as capacitive controls on the centre console and driver’s armrest. On the outside the S660 Concept has LED head- and tail-lights, while carbon fibre is used liberally on both the interior and exterior.

It’s uncertain which set of wheels are driven in the S660 Concept.

Honda formally describes the S660 as an “open top” car not a convertible, which may hint at a lack of a folding roof or just be playful use of the English language by the cheeky chaps at Honda.

Opinion: Regardless of the specifics, this is the type of car Honda needs to produce ASAP to try to rekindle its mojo and bring some verve back to a brand that’s churning out way too many dangerously bland products at the moment.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]