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Honda Beat (1990 - 1995)

Last updated 12 October 2017

 
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The 64bhp engine is a screamer. It looks cute, handles neatly and you'll always find a place to park it.
Too small for some tastes. Some parts can be hard to come by.

Introduction

This mid-engined rear-wheel drive is beloved of classic car fans the world over. Powered by a normally-aspirated 63bhp 656cc engine, it was one of many cars that took advantage of Japan’s tax-efficient kei car class.

But despite its current popularity, it was never a big hit at the time. But it was important. Along with rivals like the Suzuki Cappuccino, the car drew on the spirit of pint-sized roadsters like the MG Midget and Austin-Healey ‘frogeye’ sprite and paved the way for cars like the Smart Roadster and Daihatsu Copen.

In 2010, a parade was held in the Twin Ring Motegi circuit as a part of an annual Beat ownerss meeting. In total, 569 Honda Beats took part in the parade – a world record for the largest parade of Honda cars.

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