Friday, July 6, 2012

Honda N600 derived retro city car exposed?

Honda N600
A wave of images showing what looks like a new kei car from Honda has appeared online. The small sized 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 engine raised design elements from the beloved Honda N360/N600 of the late 60s and early 70s. 

This growth comes as no shock, as Honda official told us in November that the concept's warm reception would lead to a manufacture model. These black-and-white images look to be raised from patent filings, although there are no strong details available. That has not blocked the web from guessing about the whole thing from final dimensions to what's under the hood. Japan has severe regulations governing what can actually be considered a kei car, which means this retro-seeming creation will almost surely be no more than 133 inches long and 58 inches broad. 

Also in-line with kei-class system, the vehicle will likely show off a 660cc VTEC four-cylinder engine good for around 64 horsepower, though we won't know for certain until Honda discloses the official reports on the finished product. Don't wait for to see this engine on our shores, however. With its small size and output, odds are this one will continue to set aside for the Japanese market.


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