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The Honda Beat was built for the Japanese Domestic Market, aka JDM. This mid-engine, two-seat convertible Kei-class car was produced from May 1991 to February 1996, with nearly two-thirds of the production occurring in the first year. While the Honda Beat was never meant to be a serious performance car, it was a part of the wave of Kei-class sports cars of the early 1990s along with those being produced by Suzuki and Mazda in japan. The handling and ride are comfortable and the manual transmission shifts smoothly, making it a fun car to drive. All cars were offered with the option of a driver’s side airbag. In typical Honda fashion, the Beat’s engine did not utilize a turbocharger or supercharger. The engine was modified with the multi-throttle responsive engine control system which included one throttle valve for each of the three cylinders, to produce 64 horsepower at 8100rpm. The Beat was available in white, yellow, red or silver.
Manufacturer: Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
Country of Origin: Japan
Drivetrain Configuration: Mid-engine, rear wheel drive
Engine: 656cc, 3 cylinder, 64 hp
Transmission: 5 speed manual
Top Speed: 83 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1991-96
Number Produced: 33,000