A spate of images depicting what looks like a new kei car from Honda have jumped online. The diminutive five-door looks to have borrowed its lines from the N Concept 4 that the Japanese automaker first showed off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. That funky little machine lifted design elements from the much-loved Honda N360/N600 of the late 60s and early 70s.

This development comes as no surprise, as Honda officials told us in November that the concept's warm reception would lead to a production model. These black-and-white shots look to be lifted from patent filings, though there are no solid details available. That hasn't stopped the web from guessing about everything from final dimensions to what's under the hood. Japan has strict regulations governing what can actually be considered a kei car, which means this retro-looking creation will almost certainly be no more than 133 inches long and 58 inches wide.

Also in-line with kei-class regulations, the vehicle will likely boast a 660cc VTEC four-cylinder engine good for around 64 horsepower, though we won't know for certain until Honda reveals the official details on the finished product. Don't expect to see this machine on our shores, however. With its diminutive size and output, odds are this one will stay reserved for the Japanese market.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Inspired by, not derived from, unless you're implying any of he basic mechanicals or structure of a Kei class car from the late 60's was used as a starting point for this car.
      Spies1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I chuckled. I chuckled at the ignorance of the posters below that are not aware of the Honda N600 history.
      mggrabato
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really need this car. Its looks and simplicity is good to have. I like its width, it's just enough. I can drive more confident with this. I wonder when.
      NissanGTR
      • 2 Years Ago
      It shouldnt take long after production for people to use a CBR1000 engine in one of these.
      drbyers
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another boring, uninspiring appliance from Honda. Where has all the fun gone?
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drbyers
        Do people have that line in a text file ready to copy paste at a moment's notice? Because this is actually a really neat looking little kei-car, the first time in a while that Honda has put out something that actually looks somewhat inspired. It's cute, it's clever, it's actually a pretty neat looking little car.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          If you close yourself off to the potential of joy, all you do is become miserable. And spend way too much time trying to convince yourself that a cute little city car is somehow worthy of contempt.
          mojonaut
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Oh come on. Sometimes it's okay to be curmudgeonly! All this has going for it is a look of awe from it's rounded and raised headlamps. It's eyebrows continue into the bonnet area, making it look more like it's experiencing... marshmallows for the first time. Look at the grille! It's got greyed out portions, because, heaven forbid, too much air get at bits of the engine that don't need it! AIR SHOULD ONLY GET AT THE ENGINE PARTS THAT DO NEED IT! Which, on a 600cc engine, and as evident from the above patent diagram, is not much. Let's call a spade a spade: this car is to fun what Marceline is to the colour red. Even the diagram has it in that shade of white that you... only ever see in footage of Japanese traffic jams. You're only getting a boner for what YOU are imagining you can do with it. And I'm not taking away from the potential awesomeness of that. I bet it could drift better than one of my turds after a lock of stout of a Friday night.
        Matrix
        • 2 Years Ago
        @drbyers
        Think honda are targeting the elderly people. this cheap appliance of a car better be cheap tough.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      My kitchen toaster got worried for a bit. I had to calm it down by assuring it that this is only a car and that "no" I wasnt going to replace it.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Just tell your kitchen toaster that it has much better styling when compared to this Honda!
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please don't try to tell me that Japanese cars are better than European ones when, in today's modern age, the Japanese are producing that sh*t.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda must have fallen on hard times. Now they are copying Mini Cooper.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        If they did..... Honda copied all of the bad features from the Mini Cooper and ignored the better looking features becaue that Honda looks like a turd on little wheels.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        [blocked]
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          SPOILER: nobody cares.
          • 2 Years Ago
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      mojonaut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Retro? Based on what? Don't tell me the Japanese are already pining after their mid-90s blandness. It's even got the colour right for that.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mojonaut
        [blocked]
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Retro huh? thats one ugly toaster, i used to love honda, now honda makes nothing new i like.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see them bring that to the US, although the styling has become less interesting than the electric concept they had out a few years back.
      Gnarles2
      • 2 Years Ago
      I remember when I was a young kid my mom had a 79 Civic with a semi-automatic. I remember us having such a good time in that tiny car. Until the floor got a hole in it that is. But, ever since then I have always loved small cars. I have driven pleanty of sports cars and a few luxury cars and I still feel that driving a small car is more fun. I guess it's all person preference. I would love Honda to bring somethign like this to the states. It fills a void in Honda's lineup for that cheap entry-level car that Honda used to be so good at. Fuel efficient, reliable, easy to park is all I really care about these days, with some potential for upgrades if I wanted. I would much rather have money in the bank than a flashy car. I am actually still waiting for a new small truck as well but I doubt I will ever see one of those.
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