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Honda Beat
Honda
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Production 1991–1996
Class Kei car
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat front-engined roadster
Length 129.7 in (3295 mm)
Width 54.9 in (1395 mm)
Height 46.3 in (1175 mm)
Wheelbase 90 in (2280 mm)
Weight 1,700 lb (760 kg)
Transmission 5-speed manual transmission, FWD
Engine 656 cc (40.0 cu in) E07A SOHC Inline-3, 12v
Power 64 hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Autozam AZ-1
Daihatsu Copen
Suzuki Cappuccino
Designer Pininfarina

The Honda Beat is a rear wheel drive, mid-engined two-seat roadster kei car produced from May 1991 to February 1996. The Beat was the last car to be approved by Soichiro Honda before he died in 1991. The total number of cars produced was around 33,600. Most of the production (around two-thirds) occurred in the first year, and then production and sales fell drastically. The design of the car originated from Pininfarina, who then sold the design plan to Honda. The Beat was one of many cars designed to take advantage of Japan's tax-efficient kei car class.

There were two mainstream models of the Beat (the PP1–100 and the PP1–110) and a couple of limited edition versions. Variations on the first model were just cosmetic updates. Only the second model had any real mechanical differences. All cars were offered with the option of a driver's side airbag. The car was sold exclusively in Japan at Honda Primo dealership sales channels.

In typical Honda fashion, the Beat's engine did not utilize a turbocharger orsupercharger. The 656 cc (40.0 cu in) engine was modified with the MTREC (Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control) system, with individual throttle bodies for each of the three cylinders, to produce 64 PS (63 bhp) at 8100 rpm with an electronically limited top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). Only a manual transmission was available. The MTREC design would filter down to the 1993Honda Today kei car.

The Beat was part of a wave of kei car-sized sports cars in the early 1990s; its competitors included the Suzuki Cappuccino and Mazda's Autozam AZ-1. Together they anticipated the arrival of the Smart Roadster over a decade later, while Japan would not see a new model of the genre until the 2002 Daihatsu Copen.

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