Meet the £20,000 mid-engined, rear wheel drive roadster that you can't have
Sounds like quite a recipe!
This sounds like the sports car of dreams. Affordable, reliable, rear-wheel drive, mid-engined and with an optional manual gearbox. And it looks a lot like a withered down version of the legendary NSX.
Transversally mounted, giving it a clamed front-rear weight distribution of 45-55
Being a Japanese Kei car, it's pretty modest. That's why it has an incredibly tiny engine. It sports a 658cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a piffling 63 bhp. It isn't much but the thing only weighs in at 850kg with the 7 speed CVT gearbox fitted, which by the way, comes with paddle shifters for extra fun. Performance isn't something that this car can boast. From a standstill, it'll hit 60 miles an hour in well over 10 seconds, and tops out at 87 mph. It does have a sports mode though!
Flat bottomed steering wheel, air con, and also cruise control. Sweet
Luggage space is almost non-existent too. While most Kei cars do a relatively good job with maximising practicality, the S660 makes sure you know it's a small car. Inside, there's only one cupholder and a boot which can only be used with the roof attached. Realistically, the only place you can really store stuff is the passenger seat. Fuel economy is all you can foresee (60 mpg).
It is 133 inches long, 58 inches wide and 46 inches in height. My TV is screen is bigger than this car's width and height!
Sadly, this car is only sold in Japan. It was deemed pointless to export to other parts of the globe because of its size and lack of power. It has been shipped to some markets such as India and Australia but that is only through private clients and not dealers. It's a real shame!