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The Honda S660 has been spotted in production guise at a port in Japan, prior to hitting dealerships in the nearby future.

Honda previewed a new kei car back in November 2013 through a namesake concept which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show and now the concept has evolved into a production car. The good news is Honda has managed to retain most of the concept's design, but with slightly toned down lighting clusters, smaller wheels and a more down to earth interior cabin.

The Japan-only S660 will act like a spiritual successor of the Honda Beat and will be 3395mm long, 1475mm wide and 1180mm tall. Power comes from a 3-cylinder 660cc turbo engine developing 64 HP (47 kW) and 104 Nm (77 lb-ft) of torque which allows the petite roadster hit a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). It weighs 830 kg (1,830 lbs) and will be available with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional CVT.

There are some reports indicating a high performance S1000 version set to be sold outside Japan with a beefier 1.0-liter turbocharged engine generating in excess of 140 HP (103 kW). Allegedly due in 2016, this hotter model could be co-developed with Mugen and should come with larger wheels and a more aggressive body. A fully electric version is apparently in the works as well, but Honda hasn't said anything about these rumored derivatives.

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