The Honda S660 could be heading to the U.S.
Smaller than the Mazda MX-5 Miata by two feet, the S660 convertible is a subcompact sports car that is under consideration for the U.S. market. Since the S2000, Honda hasn’t offered a convertible two-seater in North America and although the S660 is a far cry from the performance the S2000 offered, it’s still exciting to hear that it could arrive on U.S. soil. Rumor has it that Honda would swap out the 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 63 hp for a more powerful 1.0-liter engine to accommodate American buyers. For comparison’s sake, the new Miata sports a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 155 hp.
In a recent interview with Edmunds, executive vice president of American Honda, John Mendel, confirmed that Honda is “looking at it intently for North America,” speaking about the S660. He added that the automaker wants “some spice in the lineup” and depending on how much performance it could eke from the 1.0 liter, the S660 could fit the bill. Of course the car has all the traditional hurdles of having to be commercially viable in the U.S. while making sure it does something for the Honda brand before it gets greenlit for export.