Honda to show off sporty roadster at Tokyo show

Dare we hope? S660 might be first step in bringing a Honda sports car back to showrooms

Published: October 23, 2013, 12:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:56 PM

Honda s660 concept exterior

Honda released some details of perhaps the most exciting vehicle they'll show off at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show: the S660 concept. The press bumpf says it hints at the new face of Honda, which to those of us who still lament the loss of the S2000, is very welcome news.

The S660 is designed with its home market in mind, bearing a wee 0.66-litre engine and featuring the so-called "Solid Wing Face," where the headlights merge with the grille.

Honda calls it "an open-top sports-type mini vehicle," and it looks not unlike the EV-STER concept they brought to Tokyo two years ago, although this one features a more traditional steering wheel while the EV-STER got its kicks from two joysticks. It has also been likened to the two-seater Beat minicar.

Honda will also debut the N-WGN, the fourth in a Japanese-market N Series of mini vehicles. Why, oh, why do we not get minicars here?? Just because there are millions of giant SUVs clogging up our outsized highways? Yes, probably that.

The NSX sports car concept will appear to, badged a Honda as Acura doesn't sell in Japan.

Some pundits are predicting a North American version of the S660 with a bigger engine to come. We've decided to do more than predict, and actually sacrifice a blogger or two to the cause. Fingers crossed!