Will open its doors to the public on 15 January, the Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, the largest exhibition of tuning of Japan. Honda and Mugen sports department are ready to deploy a series of prototypes, among roadsters, sedans, minivans and crossover: the Mugen Honda S660 to S660 Mugen RA Prototype, Honda Mugen Civic Type R Mugen Concept to Step WGN Spada up the Mugen Vezel.
2016 Honda e Mugen Customizations
These are examples made on the basis of the Honda family, drawing on the long list of customization provided by Mugen catalog. Besides putting on display ailerons, spoilers, side skirts, extractors and a whole host sporty details such as alloy wheels 18 and 19 “and twin chrome exhaust, these prototypes offer dedicated trim and brakes. In addition to these examples, the Honda will also showcase some car and motorcycle racing, including the MP4-30 McLaren-Honda, the NSX-GT Concept, and the Café Racer CB Concept, already revealed in the last Tokyo Motor Show.
Small Honda Mugen S660 Car, Small Engine
Tipping the scales at just 1830 pounds (according to Honda), the S660 employs the same three-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the popular N-Box kei car. However, to improve throttle response, engineers have revised the turbo geometry to produce quicker off-the-line acceleration and stronger midrange torque.
To lift the overall performance of the engine, the redline is raised from 7000 rpm to 7700 rpm, while a deeper oil pan helps to cope with the higher g-forces during cornering and braking. The turbo spools up at about 2500 rpm and delivers a healthy dose of torque all the way to redline. It’s between 5000 and 7700 rpm that the engine really comes to life, though, letting out a high-pitched and metallic raspy roar that belies its tiny displacement.
Like the S2000’s legendary gearbox and shifter, the S660 features a positive-feeling, six-speed manual transmission with delightfully short throws and gear ratios that are superbly matched to the engine. It also has well-positioned pedals and a light clutch.
Granted, there’s not a lot of power on tap, but even when flung into a corner at 60 mph, it’s difficult to get the planted rear end to budge. Honda’s “Agile Handling Assist” system can brake an inside front wheel to enhance turn-in and cornering stability, while specially developed 16-inch Yokohama Advan Neova tires provide traction levels previously unheard of in kei cars.