All About the Tough Little S660
They say that with enough creativity and imagination, anything is possible.
1. Kei Car
This is the term for Japanese small, passenger cars, micro-vans or small pickup trucks. Another common reference is these cars being called "Yellow plate cars" because of the color of the plates. These vehicles were a product of the post war era. Today, in America, the most popular version of this car is the Smart car that you see nestled in between other cars all over America. Daihatsu, Suzuki, Honda and a few others are the main manufacturers of these small cars.
2. Honda S660 Concept
Back in 2015, this car was only a concept. It fit the Kei car category due to its small dimensions and was equipped with a very lightweight, mid engine roadster. It shares a platform with the Honda N-one. Its dimensions are almost identical to the 1990s Honda Beat and use the same three cylinder engine with mechanical improvements.A 660cc motor pushes out a slim 64 hp and 77 lb foot torque. This is the smallest in the line preceding the Honda CR-Z and the popular Honda NSX.
3. First Reviews
The initial reaction to the prototypes of this car were favorable and positive. However, in 2015, Top Gear in Tokyo tested the car out and felt it was overall agile but lacked power. The hope was to have it compete against the bigger, Mazda MX-5. The car was also reviewed by MotorTrend and CarandDriver, among others.
4. The little engine that could
While this concept was considered under powered when fitted in the small dimensions of the Honda kei car frame, that's not the case when it came to the Honda S-Dream Streamliner. Honda upgraded every part of the S660 engine including cylinder block, pistons, crankshaft and valves. The replacement of the lower block with a steel unit and reinforced connecting rods gave the unit the rigidity it needed. The end result was a 261.875 MPH top speed over the course of the Bonneville mile. That is a FIA speed record, previously held by Honda’s BAR F1 car at 246.908 MPH.
5. Enter Liberty Walk
If you're browsing the web for supercars and you come across a few that are fitted with exposed riveted fenders giving the car a wider stance, large wheels, and perhaps a ducktail spoiler - chances are, LibertyWalk had their hands all over the car. The cost of the kit alone is 648,000 Yen. The air suspension is a separate cost and close to what the full kit costs. I personally don't care for their kits very much, but hey, to each their own.