S660 Neo Classic Racer Concept Kei Car
Honda never fails to disappoint at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and their latest S660 concept might be the best one yet.
Adding to the Family
The 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon is just kicking off, and Honda is once again giving us a dream-worthy concept to drool over. This time around, they're expanding the S660 family by adding perhaps the coolest version yet - the S660 Neo Classic Racer. This little slice of Japanese heaven is based on the Kei-class mid-engine Neo Classic we saw back at the 2016 Tokyo show.
The original Neo Classic was such a hit in Japan that Honda had to release a body kit so S660 owners could replicate the look themselves. And now, the Modulo version takes that same car and reimagines it as a racer with a host of visual upgrades.
The Modulo S660 wears black protective headlight covers that look like the tape racers use to keep theirs from shattering all over the track. It also sports bolt-on fender flares, spoilers in the front and back, red and blue graphics, fender-mount mirrors, and even old fashioned leather straps to hold the hood in place at speed.
Back It Up
Of course, this new Neo Classic racer is based on the cool little S660, a car we already covet from across the ocean. We don't know if the concept packs any additional punch to back up its racy looks, but a stock S660 runs with an inline three-cylinder engine producing 63 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque.
Row Your Own
Transmission options in the production S660 include either a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic. Of course, it doesn't take a genius to figure out which one might work the best in the Modulo concept, especially given its old school styling touches.
It doesn't seem like much on paper, but you won't find anyone who's actually driven an S660 that hated the experience. There's just something about a small, mid-engine, lightweight rear-wheel drive roadster that makes it a pure recipe for fun. Even if you aren't making loads of power.
Fun Over Function
In Japan, Kei cars are bound by size limitations, though most are tall boxy vans that aim to maximize space. Honda threw all that out the window when they designed the S660, focusing more on fun than functionality.
One Person Ride
Those characteristics are, of course, what makes Kei cars a tough sell here in the U.S. Especially when you factor in the absolute lack of luggage space. The only place you have to store anything is the passenger seat, in fact. And there's just one cup holder. But who needs a passenger, anyway?
Still, the S660 is just another cool ride that we can't have. And that's really a shame because we need more simple, affordable, and fun cars here in the states. For now, at least, we'll just have to watch Honda keep cranking out cool versions of the S660 from afar!