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TMR Team | Oct, 23 2013 | 0 Comments

One year ago, Honda boss Takanobu Ito confirmed plans for a new compact roadster, leading fans to imagine the earlier EV-STER concept as a preview of things to come.

This week, the carmaker has revealed a new and nearly production-ready evolution of that stylish showcar, while tipping the hat to earlier S models in the Honda lineage, from the 2360 in 1972 to the fan-favourite S2000.

There's another key Honda that this new showcar offers a nod to, however, and that's the 1991 Beat roadster.

Dubbed S660, the showcar offers a small homage to the Beat's tiny 660cc 48kW three-cylinder engine, developed to comply with requirements for the Japanese market's kei class (short for keijid?sha; 'light automobile').

Importantly, the Beat was also the last Honda to be approved by company founder Soichiro Honda before his passing in 1991.

Now, a tribute to the race-driven Mr Honda could soon hit showrooms in the form of the S660, which will appear as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show in November.

Honda describes the S660 as a "next-generation, open-top, sports-type mini-vehicle" - but has so far offered little else in the way of technical details.

For now, it is believed the S660 will hit Japanese showrooms by around the middle of this decade, launching with the same turbocharged 660cc 48kW/104Nm engine found in the Honda N-One kei car.

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.

That may not sound like a great deal of power, but in a class of car that generally weighs no more than 900kg, it'll do.

Watch for more details on the S660 to come next month.

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