RE: Honda S660 Mugen

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bagseye

111 posts

116 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Exactly what I have been looking for

nicholasm

132 posts

124 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I didn't know there was a mandatory maximum power output for Kei cars. So the S660 Mugen has the same 64bhp that the Beat had nearly 25 years ago. I like that.

tuscanboy

181 posts

223 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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What a mess, looks bloody awful. Looks like the designers wanted to cram every car design cliché into one car

Trefy5

456 posts

91 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Not too sure on first glance but does remind me a bit of the Renault Wind ...visually

sideways sid

999 posts

154 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Fetchez la vache said:
It does make you wonder why the Kei car idea didn't catch on here with the people that make decisions for city drivers. If the city roads are crowded, simply make the cars bloody smaller! I'd rather that approach than the electro-car nonsense whose through-life environmental impact is way higher than a petrol.
Agreed!

This is exactly what the world needs right now. Bring back the Suzuki Capaccino too!
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4star

331 posts

134 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I think these are fantastic, I love Kei cars and it's great to see Honda getting their mojo back smile (ps, they look great in yellow. http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/honda/07-2dr/fi... )

A Scotsman

997 posts

138 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I had a Suzuki Cappuccino for a couple of years. It was incredible fun, handled like a dream and from a fuel consumption standpoint, very frugal. It was however a pain in the neck in terms of convenience. A miniature boot meant running with the roof off used up most of the available space and storage generally was low. So not ideal for touring..

Mechanically though it was easy to look after and cost me very little to run. I hope this Honda provides the same fun factor.

GTEYE

1,274 posts

149 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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sideways sid said:
Fetchez la vache said:
It does make you wonder why the Kei car idea didn't catch on here with the people that make decisions for city drivers. If the city roads are crowded, simply make the cars bloody smaller! I'd rather that approach than the electro-car nonsense whose through-life environmental impact is way higher than a petrol.
Agreed!

This is exactly what the world needs right now. Bring back the Suzuki Capaccino too!
Whilst I would love to agree with you, 350Matt's comments on the previous page would be ringing in a lot of potential buyer's heads, which is a damn shame.

tomv1to

143 posts

106 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I hope this and the new Daihatsu Copen make their way over here.

I saw a few of the new Copen's in Japan recently and they look like loads of fun.

doggydog33

179 posts

192 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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How much would it cost to import the standard 660 and get it road registered/IVA'd?
Someone must've done it by now!

DD33

Richair

1,021 posts

136 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I like that a lot, the S1000 concept sounds great so lets hope they build it and it arrives on our shores. It's looking like Honda finally might have found their mojo again...

SonicShadow

2,348 posts

93 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Fetchez la vache said:
It does make you wonder why the Kei car idea didn't catch on here with the people that make decisions for city drivers. If the city roads are crowded, simply make the cars bloody smaller! I'd rather that approach than the electro-car nonsense whose through-life environmental impact is way higher than a petrol.
Kei cars enjoy substantial tax breaks and much cheaper parking permits in Japan, hence the popularity over there.

krismccloy

165 posts

88 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Love that the KEI principle has been kept alive!

I can understand why people see the £21k price tag ridiculous, Because I guess it is unless your some die-hard Mugen fiend or genuinely love the Mugen car. Mugen aero has always been marmite.

Although 12k for the base model I think is relatively good value, And looks are a bit more neutral, It also comes equipped with AD08R's from factory as well.

It was like the Mugen Civic RR, Cost nigh on 40k GBP.. I can't imagine the expect to sell an awful lot of these Mugen 660's.

I highly approve of the rear end, Looks great IMO.


Baryonyx

16,473 posts

98 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Chuckles? This thing looks genuinely mint! Look at that rear view! I'd love one. This country really needs more Kei cars. As roads become more crowded and buyers look for more efficiency from their vehicle, wouldn't it make more sense to have everyone drive to work in a Kei car rather than sitting, one up, in an awful Insignia or 320d belching out diesel fumes as they wait in traffic?



This one has just flown up my lottery win list!

JohnGoodridge

514 posts

134 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Baryonyx said:
Chuckles? This thing looks genuinely mint! Look at that rear view! I'd love one. This country really needs more Kei cars. As roads become more crowded and buyers look for more efficiency from their vehicle, wouldn't it make more sense to have everyone drive to work in a Kei car rather than sitting, one up, in an awful Insignia or 320d belching out diesel fumes as they wait in traffic?



This one has just flown up my lottery win list!
Makes small roads feel big, and small speeds feel big. Living in south east England this seems so well suited to the roads/space/crowding here. Looks characterful, and I imagine sounds it too. Winner.

unsprung

2,675 posts

63 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Three cylinders and the displacement of a motorcycle. Perfect for EU roads. Even the Corbynistas will like it.

rogerhudson

337 posts

97 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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350Matt said:
I like this and it reminds me of my old Cappuccino

however the main issue with driving a car of this size on UK roads is other road users

when driving my Cappo every roundabout became a game of will they pull out on me or not?
Everyone and I mean everyone ( mums in people carriers) would look you right in the eye and accelerate into your path, even if I was doing 80mph across the roundabout

no-one takes you seriously, you must be slow because its so small kind of thinking...

it was that and the never ending rust that made me sell it
shame because it was an utter delight to drive
The Cappo was great, the few survivors still are.
stuck between an Audi Q7 and a RangeRover though is no fun, unless you like to study rear diffs .
The Japanese government saw the car congestion problems early ( in time) and used tax rules to invent kei , Britain has probably left it too late to solve the problem.

DeltaEvo2

712 posts

131 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Minging!

Gandahar

6,189 posts

67 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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Smart coupe owners will be sobbing at that 6 speed manual

In a world of bloat I want this to do well, with more bhp and more European styling I think it would.

Halo cars from Germany etc tend to be top models trickling downward. Honda with this, their side saddle bike engine car and the Civic R seem to be doing halo products from the bottom up. Which is refreshing.

Toyota need to do the same too. A classic high revving Jap cars from the past, pre VW diesel apocalypse -




just reduce that down to a smaller version to fit under the GT86....

Lowtimer

4,014 posts

107 months

Tuesday 29th September 2015
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I'd love something this size and configuration. The 80 hp mild chipping upgrade would be enough go in an open car of that weight, as the mini Caterham 160 shows with its tweaked Kei car engine. Keeps up with the traffic and a hoot to drive.