Honda OSM concept at 2008 British Motor Show – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumors have swirled for some time that Honda has been looking to revive its diminutive Beat. The Japanese Domestic Market kei car was produced from 1991 through 1996, and featured a tiny 650cc (that's 40 cubic inches to us 'Muricans) three-cylinder engine that produced 63 horsepower (Japan's power cap for the kei class). The engine was mounted in the middle, and sent all that fury to the rear wheels. Combine that powertrain layout with the droptop, and two passengers could have a lot of fun for short money. Now, we're once again hearing rumblings that Honda is readying a Beat for a new generation.

According to AutoExpress, Honda is working on a new Beat that will utilize technology found in some of the company's motorcycle offerings. The Beat would shift gears by way of a dual-clutch transmission, which would be a first in a Honda car. The cogswapper, borrowed from a VFR1200F, could be mated to a 1.3 or 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine.

The rumor mongers also tell us that the Honda Beat could ride on the same platform as the CR-Z. The body length would be chopped down, and with a reduction in front and rear overhangs, the car could somewhat resemble the OSM concept shown in London back in 2008.


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that's awesome news as the concept looked great. With the 1.5 and 130+HP this thing could be very entertaining!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      TIMMAH!
      • 3 Years Ago
      DO IT! DO IT NOW!
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do it! My only suggestion? MOTORCYCLE ENGINE!!! You did it before and it worked brilliantly.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      All they have to do is build it exactly like that. Make it look just like that, and not anything like any other car they currently make.
      fly by wireless
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got to see a 1st gen Beat up close recently. Really tine because they were built to the old Kei car laws. I've sooooo wished somebody would build the same thing but to current laws which affords greater dimensions. I hope this comes to fruition... Yesterday.
      founerra
      • 3 Years Ago
      A modern Beat for North America?, yes that will be the day, the Beat will probably as good as the S2000 or even lower, a American like me, except I am skinny and most are fat, they want something like a VW Passat convertible, not a Kei convertible, me want, they don't.
      q3a7vodk4
      • 3 Years Ago
      IF it's not mid engine, rwd, light and nimble then they can stuff it.
      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Basing it on the CRZ/Insight platform just doesn't sound compelling to me. That means it's going to be front-wheel drive with a torsion-beam rear. I mean the reason why the Beat was popular in Japan cus' of it's mid-engine rear-wheel drive. I love how the OSM concept looks, but I also have little faith in Honda's design team. They tend to make the cars look cheap and awkward in vain efforts to be "edgy" and marketable.
        Hashiryu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sugaki
        Do you understand how the concept of a "Platform" works? Doesn't seem so. The MR-2 Spyder was built on a modified Corolla platform FYI.
        adam512
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sugaki
        The CR-Z chassis is amazing! It has good steering and handling as many reviews have said. It doesnt say it has the IMA hybrid system so Im happy :D
          • 3 Years Ago
          @adam512
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      Mundotaku
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be like a Honda CRZ but with less weight and a real engine? I am buying it !
      desoto4jsb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, something to compete with the Miata...
      scionx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda del Sol
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