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Honda Previews New Convertible Sports Car With S660 Concept

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Talk of successors to Honda sports cars like the S2000 and CRX date back several years and has been encouraged by the occasional concept reveal by the Japanese automaker. However, in a speech last year addressing his company’s future plans, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito finally confirmed development of a new convertible sports car, which is to be launched on the Japanese market in late 2014.

Now, just a few weeks out from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has revealed a new concept that will be gracing its stands, previewing the upcoming sports car. The new concept is called the S660 and it's clearly been influenced by the styling of 2011’s EV-STER.

However, while the EV-STER featured an electric drivetrain, the S660 comes with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine displacing just 660 cubic centimeters. The tiny engine is mated to a CVT and drive is sent to the rear wheels. Peak output rates at just 64 horsepower. This may sound somewhat feeble, but the S660 is said to tip the scales at less than 2,000 pounds.

The interior also features a new type of design for Honda. Lightweight carbon fiber is used extensively and is joined by a number of digital displays.  

If the eventual production version is offered in the U.S.--and that’s a big if, given Honda’s reluctance of late to launch any credible sports cars here--expect it to come with a more powerful engine and a retractable roof.

Also at the Tokyo Motor Show, press days for which commence November 20, Honda will show off its Acura NSX concept and a UNI-CUB personal mobility device. Follow our complete coverage of the event via our dedicated hub.

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