Theres been some rumours flying round that Honda was going to revive its diminutive Beat convertible and now according to reports the rumours could be true.
The Beat was originally produced for the Japanese domestic market in its kei class from 1991 to 1996. Only 33,600 Beats were produced in total with a few even making it here to NZ. The orignal Beat used a three-cylinder engine that produced just 47kW but with a kerb weight of 760kg, mid mounted engine and a rear-wheel drive format it was still a bit of fun.
Now it would appear that Honda are at working on a new Beat with the model expected to debut as early as 2013. It will be offered in a roadster form based on the CR-Z platform and feature styling based on Honda’s OSM concept car (pictured).
Engine options are unknown but it’s being suggested the Beat would be powered by a 1.3- or 1.5-litre i-VTEC four-cylider petrol mill. There is also rumours it will use a twin-clutch transmission taken from Honda’s VFR1200F motorbike. Just crazy enough to work?