You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

We Hear: More Powerful Honda S660 With Turbo 1.0L Gets Green Light

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/22/2015 Karla Sanchez

We previously reported that American Honda CEO Tetsuo Iwamura wanted to sell the Japan-only S660 around the world, and that time may have finally arrived. According to Australian publication Motoring.com.au, the Japanese automaker has greenlit a more potent version of the S660, which will wear an S1000 badge and be offered in other markets outside Japan.

Research

The tiny sports car will reportedly drop the 64-hp 660-cc three-cylinder engine in favor of a larger 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three that dishes out around 126 hp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual. In addition to the more powerful engine, the S1000 will have a hard roof with a wider and more aggressive body than the S660. Another difference between the S1000 and S660 you can expect is a unique “snorkel-type” roof air-intake that will help cool the engine. What’s more is that there are even reports of an S660 Type R in the works. This car will reportedly put out over 100 hp as well, and it may show up in showrooms as soon as mid-2016.

We Hear: More Powerful Honda S660 With Turbo 1.0L Gets Green Light

Rumors of a kei-car in the U.S. have been circulating for quite some time. We’ve reported before that Honda could wait for the more potent version of the S660 to arrive before exporting to other markets including the United States. While 126 hp doesn’t sound like much, it should be plenty for a mini-car that weighs between 1,875 and 2,000 pounds. To meet American front- and side-impact regulations, however, some changes would need to be made.

As designer Sugiura told us when the concept debuted in 2013, "any export version, and we are not saying we have one yet, would have to undergo some major body modifications like the impact-absorbing '5 mph bumpers' required for the U.S. market as well as wider fenders and wheel arches for larger tires."

Still, this gives us hope that we may one day get Honda's pint-sized, mid-engine roadster.

Source: Motoring.com.au

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Motor Trend

Loading...

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon