Honda’s tiny S660 roadster will enter production next year, according to reports out of Japan this week.
Revealed as a concept at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the S660 came as an evolution of the earlier EV-STER concept, hinting at plans for an eventual showroom debut.
A report with Japanese website Response this week claims that production has now been approved, with work to begin next year.
The S660 will reportedly be built at the Yokkaichi plant owned by Yachiyo Industry, the same plant that built the new roadster’s predecessor, the Beat, in the 90s.
The last car to be approved for production by Honda founder Soichiro Honda before his death in 1991, the Beat was powered by a 48kW 660cc three-cylinder engine.
It is expected that the S660, designed to comply with Japan’s kei-class requirements, will also feature a 660cc engine: likely the same 48kW/104Nm unit that poweres the Honda N-One.
A global launch is understood to have been part of the S660's development plan however, and a more powerful engine - producing power somewhere beyond 75kW.
If true, the door could be open to an Australian launch for the S660.
It's no replacement for the S2000, but as a light-footed lifestyle-oriented city car, there's potential for the S660 to be a success in small numbers.
For now, we must wait and see if these latest reports of a 2015 production debut will prove true.