Honda Beat

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The Honda Beat is a rear mid-ingined twa-seat roadster kei caur produced frae in Mey 1991 tae Februar 1996. The Beat wis the last caur tae be approved bi Soichiro Honda afore he dee'd in 1991. The total number o caurs produced wis aroond 33,600. Maist o the production (aroond twa-thirds) occurred in the first year, and then production an sales fell drastically. The design o the caur oreeginatit frae Pininfarina, who then sauld the design plan tae Honda. The Beat wis ane o mony caurs designed tae take advantage o Japan's tax-efficient K class.[1]

There wur twa mainstream models o the Beat (the PP1–100 an the PP1–110) an a couple o limited edition versions. Variations on the first model wur juist cosmetic updates. Anerlie the seicont model haed ony real mechanical differences. Aw caurs wur affered wi the option o a driver's side airbag.

In typical Honda fashion, the Beat's ingine did no utilize a turbochairger or superchairger. The 656 cc (40.0 cu in) ingine wis modified wi the MTREC (Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control) seestem, wi individual throttle bodies for each o the three ceelinders, tae produce 64 PS (63 bhp) at 8100 rpm wi an electronically limited top speed o 135 km/h (84 mph). Anerlie a manual transmission wis available. The MTREC design woud filter doun tae the 1993 Honda Today kei caur.

The Beat wis pairt o a wave o kei caur-sized sports caurs in the early 1990s; its competitors includit the Suzuki Cappuccino an Mazda's Autozam AZ-1. Thegither they anticipatit the arrival o the Smart Roadster ower a decade later, while Japan woud no see a new model o the genre till the recent Daihatsu Copen.

At Mey 9, 2010, a parade held in the Twin Ring Motegi circuit as a pairt o an annual Beat awner meetin. 569 Honda Beats participate the parade which is certified bi Guinness Warld Records as the lairgest parade o Honda caurs. The record will be shown in the book in 2011 unless lairger parades will be held bi then.

Successor[eedit | eedit soorce]

Best Car reportit that Honda wis plannin on the successor o the oreeginal Beat. It woud be a front ingine caur uisin the platform an 660cc ingine frae Honda Life an Honda Zest.[2] The FWD Beat can be an ootdatit rumor as MotorTrend reportit that Honda recently lodged a patent suggestin that the successor o Beat coud be a mid-ingine caur.[3]

Media appearances[eedit | eedit soorce]

The caur haes been featured on the popular Breetish televeesion program Top Gear thegither wi the Daihatsu Mira an the Mitsubishi Dangan.[4] The caur is an aa featured in Gran Turismo (PSP version).

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