This year's Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) saw Honda reveal several cars which showed that they are still capable of building sporty automobiles. From the 20th Anniversary Prototype S2000, the EK9-based Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser, as well as the Fit Modulo X, Honda clearly made its presence felt at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon.
But aside from those iconic vehicles being revealed at TAS, Honda also showed a refreshed model that we wish would make its way to the Philippines, the 2020 S660. While not exactly the heaviest of facelifts, Honda has indeed been busy making several changes here and there on their smallest sports car to date.
For starters, the faux air vents on the front bumper now carry LED daytime running lights while the windshield surround is now finished in body color instead of having a blacked-out hue. Speaking of black, the front grill (which used to be painted gray) is now painted black which makes for a sleeker appearance.
All-new 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels give the car a more discerning presence, while a revised set of LED taillights provide the droptop a sexier appearance. Finally, two new coats of paint (Active Green Pearl and Alabaster Silver) further expand the S660’s growing line up of paint offerings.
Much like the exterior, Honda did not change much of the interior as it looked good to begin with. However, they did wrap the steering wheel and gear knob with Alcantara for a sportier feel. Available as an option is a freestanding touchscreen infotainment system which can also come with GPS navigation.
As before, the S660 is powered by a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine that can be paired to either a six-speed manual gearbox or CVT with paddle shifters. The engine makes 64 PS along with 104 Nm of torque, and is capable of reaching a top speed of 140 km/h. When it comes to safety, the S660 has the following: vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist, and active city braking system.
Want to have the S660 look even sportier? There's the Modulo X variant which gives the two-seater a two-tone Bordeaux red and black interior, along with a red fabric soft top. Meanwhile, the exterior gets a more aggressive front bumper, dark aluminum twin four-spoke alloy wheels, horizontal LED foglights, side mirrors painted in Night Black Pearl, and redesigned leather seats.
Will we see Honda's tiny mid-engine road car exported to other markets? Sadly that will not be the case as Honda will keep it as a Japan-only offering. But should Honda find a way to make it available in other markets (including the Philippines), we wouldn't mind dailying the S660.