Updated on January 22, 2018
Honda S660 – It’s Like Driving A Full-Size Tamiya Car
Audit: Honda S660 – It’s Like Driving A Full-Size Tamiya Car
Precise lines, overstated extents firmly compacted inside a modest bundle, this little Honda S660 has all the corridor characteristics of Tamiya Mini 4WD and R/C autos, stuff of legends for any ’80s or ’90s child. Similarly Tamiya and its bite the dust cast partner Tomica convey an unmistakable Japanese character with them, so is this S660. It’s a car likeness Gundam.
At the sidelines of the as of late finished up Tokyo Motor Show before the end of last month, we had the open door for a short 10-minute drive in the Honda S660. Our chance with the auto is too short however in the event that a similarly uncommon Japan-just symbol like Maria Ozawa is to concede you a group of people, you can’t expect much else besides 10 minutes isn’t that right?
Outlined in light of Japan’s correctional charges on autos, the S660 is a piece of a sort of Japan-just ‘kei’ ultra-smaller than expected vehicles. With their body size and power yield topped, kei autos are exempted from stopping licenses (required in Japan, to be obtained from the neighborhood city chamber before an auto can be enlisted) and appreciate bring down extract and vehicle weight charge. They are effortlessly distinguished by their mark yellow-shaded number plates.
Initially intended to goad interest for modest, fuel-effective indicate A point-B passenger vehicles for the majority, it didn’t take some time before Japanese auto producers choose that little doesn’t really mean exhausting, and made legends like the Mazda AZ-1, Suzuki Cappuccino and the Honda Beat. Like crafted by Ozawa-chan, these Japan-just strengths are profoundly desired by outsiders, who can just get them by means of informal channels.
Particulars for Honda S660
Motor: 658cc turbocharged, transverse 3-chamber, mid-mounted
Power: 64 PS at 6,000 rpm
Torque: 104 Nm at 2,600 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, raise wheel drive
Cost: Not accessible in Malaysia
To most outsiders, the S660 resembles a toy auto yet to numerous fans, that is precisely why it’s so cool. Don’t for one minute expect this to be a Japanese’ rendition of Barbie’s MINI convertible. Pressed inside the S660’s little bundle is a suite of tech obtained from supercars. At the lower raise bumpers and under the auto are useful Ferrari F40-style NACA channels that sucks in cool air to the S660’s motor, which is mid-mounted transverse, much the same as the principal Honda NSX, and Lotus Elise.
All the mass, including the driver, fuel tank and the 12V battery, are packed right in the center, dense and concentrated on the auto’s focal point of gravity more seriously than whatever else twice its size. The outcome? An exceedingly responsive auto that shoot’s around its play pen as though it’s a stick ball.
Indeed, even the brake calipers are introduced to confront inwards, inside the auto’s wheelbase, much the same as any Ferrari. The auto’s weight dispersion is at a relatively consummate 45/55 front/raise.
Estimating 3,395 mm long and 1,475 mm wide, only 5 mm beneath the most extreme admissible size for kei autos, the S660 is littler than even a Perodua Axia (3,640 mm long and 1,620 mm wide), a ton littler. It has a considerably littler motor as well – only a three-barrel 658cc motor. Power topped by Japanese controls at 64 PS (accomplished at 6,000 rpm) yet turbocharging and DOHC helps its torque to 104 Nm at 2,600 rpm. That doesn’t seem like much yet recall that this thing weighs only 830 kg, yet still meets Honda’s own G-CON models for crash security, which is more requesting than numerous legislature commanded controls.
Catalyzing the lightweight and concentrated snapshot of inactivity into a fun machine are two fixings – raise wheel drive and a short-moving 6-speed manual transmission. Talking about wheels, the little S660 utilizes stunned wheel sizes, much the same as supercars. The backs are 195/45 R16 while the fronts are 165/55 R15, all Yokohama Advan Neova AD08Rs.
Quickening from 0-100 km/h is upwards of 11 seconds however that is an unessential pointer when the S660 conveys more fun at 70 km/h than most different autos do at 140 km/h. Furthermore, the S660 is worked for tight Japanese ‘touge’ mountain passes as opposed to German autobahns.
With such a minor wheelbase and a super-concentrated weight adjust, the S660’s as of now amazing taking care of (0.8 G on the skidpad, only 0.08 G not exactly the S2000) is enhanced further by a brake-based torque vectoring highlight – which Honda alludes to as Agile Handling Assist.
With the motor behind, and the foldable rooftop stowed in a case situated under the hood in front, there’s not really any space for sacks so don’t consider completing a crosscountry drive in this.
Toy auto? Possibly, yet that is precisely why we like it to such an extent. It resembles driving a full-estimate Tamiya R/C auto, recollect how darty those easily overlooked details were?
Inside, the S660’s lodge is as tight as you envision it to be. However the seats change far sufficiently back that our companion the transcending six-foot in addition to tall Chris Wee from AutoFreaks.com can sit cozily inside. Indeed, every apparatus change will accidentally bring about man-touching however the common love for driving dependably triumph over homophobia.
Settled inside the low mounted seats, you turn into auto’s concentration and everything is wrapped around you. The inside comfort ascends towards the front, conveying the rigging lever nearer to the controlling wheel, much the same as a legitimate race auto. The dashboard is intended to be more similar to a cockpit than a dashboard. All the switches and controls are calculated towards the driver.
Where in many autos you would sit with your knees bowed slighty, the S660 influences you to sit with your legs extended level towards the auto’s short nose, with your abdominal area presented to the components. It’s fundamentally the same as the experience of sitting in an open-wheel junior Formula arrangement race auto. The controlling wheel focuses directly at your chest, much the same as any Formula arrangement race auto.
How can it drive? Honda s660
The driving knowledge will enrapture many, even among fans. On the off chance that you are the sort of drivers who comprehend and welcome the interest of an ‘underpowered’ yet very much adjusted Toyota 86 or Mazda MX-5, at that point you will love the Honda S660. Be that as it may if animal torque time assault machines are what you favor, move along and read our survey of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.
With such little measurements thus little power, it’s relatively difficult to canister the S660 so it’s a decent auto to take in the better parts of auto control. The auto reacts so well thus precisely as though it’s wired to your cerebrum. This is an auto that you instinctually control as though it’s an augmentation of your hands and feet.
To be sure, this was the goal of Large Project Leader Ryo Mukumoto, who was just 27 years of age when he made the S660. Mukumoto first auto was a S2000 yet he generally felt that as an amateur driver, it was the S2000 that was conveying him instead of him driving the S2000.
With a best speed of close to 140 km/h, the S660 is best delighted in on tight Japanese mountain passes, where reasonable and sensible driving velocities scarcely go past 90 km/h. Sitting so low to the ground, with the convertible best presenting you to the components while a rev-glad mid-mounted motor sings behind my ears, it resembles riding a game bicycle.
Each upshift is joined by a trill of the turbocharger’s waste door, with added sound impacts because of a voice that open up the sound to the lodge. The strike on your faculties is sufficiently extraordinary to make 70 km/h felt like 140 km/h. In the event that what you are after is unadulterated driving joy, the S660’s absence of best end speed barely made a difference by any means.
As the auto is so light and with so little idleness, there is little need to brake hard for a corner. Setting the auto up for a turn is just an activity of tapping the brakes while you heel-toe to a downshift, and indicating the auto follow the perfect line.
Paddling the tight short-changing gear handle, you arrange the S660’s mountain hit the dance floor with your feet and hands, each move, each millimeter of pedal travel, each extra level of controlling info affecting an alternate pitch and yaw for the auto.
The directing wheel is light and exact, and you feel all of the landing area’s hold. Start a turn and you will feel the auto pivoting around your hips. With so little power, you can floor the throttle nearly when you cut the corner’s pinnacle line.
What amount in Malaysia?
As specified before, the Honda S660 is a Japan-just exceptional. You can’t get it from your neighborhood Honda merchant yet dim shippers are offering reconditioned 2015 models for between RM140,000 to RM150,000. A large portion of the autos on special are CVT-type automatics yet it is the manual transmission models that will end up being gatherers’ things.
In Japan, another Honda S660 is estimated upwards of 1.98 million Yen, which is around 20 percent less expensive than a base-show Mazda MX-5. Applying a similar value hole to Malaysia on a comparable completely foreign from Mazda MX-5, the reasonable characteristic cost for another S660 would be around RM190,000.
Excessively costly for what is basically a reasonable games auto gone for the youthful? Reprimand it on our administration’s 75 percent extract obligation, and the extra 6 percent GST. In Japan, the S660 is estimated more like a Honda HR-V.
So is it worth the cash? For its curiosity factor, yes. As a driver’s auto, not exactly. As much as we’ve applauded the S660’s driving knowledge prior, we are likewise extremely mindful that a major piece of the S660’s appeal must be knowledgeable about Japan, where streets are for the most part populated by comparative estimated kei autos, and their tight mountain pass streets are more suited to a S660 than a Porsche 911.
Outside of Japan, the S660 is effectively overpowered by more extensive streets and bigger vehicles. Indeed, even a Perodua Myvi can all of a sudden resemble a Honda CR-V alongside the S660. A Toyota 86 or a Mazda MX-5 would’ve been a more sensible alternative if great taking care of and two-seater sports auto styling is what you’re after.