Motorcycle Journalist Takao Aoki and Honda S660

Honda S660 Review: “This car also pleasantly connects with motorcycle drivers” by Takao Aoki (Motorcycle Journalist)

As I am a motorcycle journalist, I typically ride motorcycles and write a lot about them. This time, however, I was given the chance to drive this particular popular compact sports car.

With the low hood of this midship engine-operated, two-seater open car, it looks full of sportiness with its sharp body side and oblong headlights. I felt anxious whether I would enjoy driving it because I’m not really familiar with sports cars.

When I sat on the driver’s seat, I couldn’t help feeling excited about its refined space. Its functional cockpit would thrill you if you like motorsport, regardless of whether you’re driving a motorcycle or an automobile.

When I started its 3-cylinder turbo engine, which I don’t normally encounter in motorcycles, I tried to relax and turn up the radio but I could not find the switch. “Does it have a radio?” I asked.

I searched and reached for other switches, until I found out that you can operate it through the steering switch. Pardon me for being unfamiliar about it. When the music finally played from the door speaker, its sound was too clear that I was astonished all throughout.

I started driving it. At first, it felt light when I brought it to the streets with three to four-speed driving, and it was amusing! When I lightly stepped on the accelerator, it easily revved up, and it had a befitting dash when I fully pressed it.

I enjoyed driving it. As I observed its acceleration and deceleration, I was able to hear a relieving sound from the rear part, which I was not used to hear when driving a motorcycle, thus it was more exciting.

Because its hip point is in a low angle, you can check its speed on the speedometer. It makes driving in the streets more exhilarating.

It has a quick handling, thus its agility when cornering and changing lanes is absolutely fast.

It was easy to understand the movement of this car, and I simply was able to enjoy driving it from the moment I first stepped on the accelerator . The sense of unity I had with this car made me feel like I was driving a motorcycle.

â–  5 Star Rating (From a motorcycle driver’s perspective)
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★★
Recommendation for motorcycle drivers: ★★★★★

Takao Aoki | Motorcycle Journalist

He became a motorcycle journalist after becoming member of the editorial department of a motorcycle journal. He is an expert in domestic and foreign motorcycle culture and has experienced doing coverages in America, Europe, as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia. Through the knowledge he personally acquired from MX Race activities and ample touring overseas, he has been making commentaries about motorcycles from his own point of view. He is currently taking part in various media such as motorcycle journals, general magazines and the web.
He also enjoys driving the Volkswagen Tiguan.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)