• Apr 16, 2009
Kei cars have a huge following in Japan and no model has benefited from the sub-sub-compact's cult status more than the Honda Beat. Originally introduced in 1991, the 64-hp Beat was a boon for enthusiasts on a budget, with a 660cc three-cylinder mounted amidships and delivering power to the rear wheels. When production ended over a decade ago, it left a gaping hole in Honda's line-up between the Zest and S2000, and if recent reports are to be believed, the situation will be rectified in 2011.

According to Best Car, Honda is hard at work on the Beat's successor, but unfortunately, the previous model's mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive won't be employed on the next generation. Using the same platform and 660cc engine found underneath the Life and Zest, the next Beat's engine will be mounted up front, sending power to the front wheels. There's also talk of an all-wheel drive variant, but consumers in Japan shouldn't hold their breath. Pricing and a release date haven't been disclosed, but we wouldn't be surprised to find a Beat concept on the floor of the Tokyo Motor Show later this year.

[Source: 7Tune]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do you guys always opt for RWD? I belive it is too heavy and definately not needed for a car this size. Just look at the Honda Civic Type R and how fast that is. Also the old Integra and the new Focus RS.

      Looking at the BMW 118i or similar just shows how a car with RWD and a small engine struggles.

      Personally I would love to see a 1.4l turbe charged with around 150HP maybe less and a total weight of around 1000kg. That would kick ass, also as a track car :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be WAY better if they left it rear-engine, rear-drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like the NSX and the S2000, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i doubt it.

        Honda, FWD, low torque is their main formula.....it cannot be changed. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      No more RMR? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dang small cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      first :) lol

      just kidding just kidding

      it looks like another boring car with a nice face lift :/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just give us RWD for crying out loud!. this would be perfect! the design looks good imo. if the photo is representative of it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car will definitely not receive a RWD treatment if it ever sees the light of production; that's what the S2000/its succesor is for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It says in the post that its making the successor to the beat. it never said the S2000 was the successor.

        "When production ended over a decade ago, it left a gaping hole in Honda's line-up between the Zest and S2000, and if recent reports are to be believed, the situation will be rectified in 2011."

        "According to Best Car, Honda is hard at work on the Beat's successor [not S2000], but unfortunately, the previous model's mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive won't be employed on the next generation. Using the same platform and 660cc engine found underneath the Life and Zest, the next Beat's engine will be mounted up front, sending power to the front wheels."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I Love the front end on this Honda Beat, the last Beat looked good too...

      I thought Honda's designers had fell asleep, That should be the New Acura front end, Its SWEET !
      • 5 Years Ago
      AWD with a .66L engine? What's the point? This will be FWD chick car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nah, put your top back on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beat was nice but nowhere as nice as the suzuki cappuccino.
      (from a former owner of a cappuccino).
      Those would not be intended for the US anyway since the key form factor would not have any tax advantage
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is one of the cars I really want from Japan. God they're such awesome little cars. Somebody here has a street legal Beat, and I wanna know how to get a Sports keijidosha registered.

        This is super LAME! I mean what? It's essentially a Daihatsu Copen without the RHT. And I don't consider that very sporty either.
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