Five Minutes With The Spoon S660
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Honda and Spoon – name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait…

The two go together like fried eggs and bacon; a pencil skirt and heels; Dino and Geedeeahhs. Ever since Ichishima-san first pulled apart a Civic and put it back together faster in the mid-1980s, enthusiasts have looked to the Tokyo workshop to ‘set the bar’ when it comes to tuning a new sports model from Honda.


It was natural, therefore, that when Honda released their first kei-class sports car since the Beat in 1991, that Spoon would be at the forefront of development for the platform. The S660 has proven to be hugely popular with tuners in Japan (here’s just a sample from the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon) and it’s been thrilling to see how each shop approaches their own S660 differently.


While many opted for wild aero and anime-esque graphics, Spoon prefers to take a more measured, mature approach to enhancement. It all starts with getting the chassis just right – ditching some weight, a little bit of stiffening in the right places, and a damper and brake package that can cope with the demands of the Harajuku high street as well as Suzuka’s high speed 130R. All of this is developed in-house and this particular car actually serves as the development mule and sports several prototype parts that are yet to hit the market.


The telltale yellow engine cover peaks through the carbon engine shroud (one of those prototype pieces), so of course you know by now that Spoon haven’t left the 658cc inline-three untouched.


A Spoon-developed bolt-on turbo kit based on an upsized turbo is supported by a larger throttle body and Spoon N1 muffler kit to add a dyno-proven 43PS to the factory 64PS. That’s a 67% increase, not to mention the significant bump in torque low down in the rev range.


The little HKS SSQV blow-off valve sits about 30cm behind the driver’s ear and provides a hilariously fun soundtrack while dodging taxis in Tokyo’s narrow streets.


Kei cars are purely designed for the Japanese market, so fitting a European-sized frame was not a top priority for Honda’s engineers. I’m 6ft and the stock seat jams my knees into the steering wheel, but Spoon’s carbon race seat frees up just enough space to make the cabin usable. Even heel-and-toe is possible with a slightly modified technique.


The chunky, electronics-laden steering wheel has been replaced by one of Spoon’s Momo 340mm units, which happens to be one of my all-time favourite designs.


Same goes for the shifter, which is replaced by a neat Duracon knob. Clutch, flywheel, driveshafts and LSD are all Spoon parts, of course.


The end result is an extremely driver-focused interior, with not even an audio system interface to distract from the experience. And there’s really no point even getting into the driver’s seat of an S660 unless it’s for the express purpose of driving – there’s absolutely no luggage space whatsoever. If you’re planning on picking up groceries, you’d better be doing it alone.


This article is merely intended as a quick walk-around of the Spoon S660 as I will be putting the car through its paces over the next month while Project NSX is in the workshop having its new transmission installed.


Typically a long-term test vehicle is only offered by OEM manufacturers, so it says a lot of Spoon’s confidence in their S660’s reliability and usability that they are prepared to loan it out to a journalist for such an extended period of time.


Already my S660-getsu to-do list is filling up, but I’m taking requests. Let me know your questions or ideas for the Spoon S660 in the comments section below and I’ll make sure I answer them in the full feature next month.

Blake Jones
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Anyone take Honda S660 to Tsukuba yet? I'd like to see what sort of time it achieve in stock & light tune, or even insane tune.


Blitz S660 Tsukuba time is 1:11
but ... I think, driving this car in canyons is more fun than driving in race track.


Touge in this case.

Blitz one, as I recall is just slightly remapped? I remember stock 86 was 1:12 though.


This little S660 is a SPOONFUL of FUN for sure.


I want S660. but sadly I'm not living in japan.


Take it to the track and tell us what it's like to drive!


Why we can't get them in Poland :( It must be blast to drive through the city in this little gokart.


Did they seriously just lend you this S660 to use? And tbh if you're gonna have it for so long, i'd prefer to have an audio system in there bc there are probably drives where you are probably gonna even be bored at some times, and some music would be nice, and music to me helps me concentrate even while driving, idk if its the same for anyone else.


The stock audio system still remains, there’s just no interface for it in the cabin anymore. The steering wheel controls have been relocated to the glove box which is rather inconvenient, but I can plug my phone into the USB and control Spotify that way fairly easily.


What i wanna know is why is it a smart idea to relocate the steering wheel controls, TO THE GLOVEBOX.


nothing a little blue tooth speaker can't fix up


Your NSX and mine are going to be buddies at ADVANCE, going in for some engine work in the next week or so!


Really? What’s your email Ben, it would be great to link up!


Awesome car, have fun! I really like these little S660's. It's the proof that Honda hasn't lost their way after all. And the Spoon one has all the right mods.


Have fun with the car man. these things really interest me.
Also, are you going manual with the nsx?


Thanks John! Yes, box is going in, story update coming soonish!


1. Any word on Honda releasing the S660 in the U.S.?
2. How is it to daily drive for a bit?
3. How does it handle at the limit?


1. No plans for export to U.S. (or the UK, for that matter). There is one in the U.S., at the museum where I work. Plus the N-ONE I bought in Shizuoka a few years ago.
2. I've driven ours home a few times, and a round trip from Nashville to Atlanta for an ImportAlliance meet last year. At 5'10", it's a bit snug with the top up. If I were *any* taller or heavier, it would be too uncomfortable to drive for any length. For daily use, I would much prefer the N-ONE. With a turbo and sport suspension (like ours), it's a fun and practical box.
3. Haven't pushed ours to the absolute limit, but can vouch for Honda's chassis design team, as well as Yokohama's bespoke tires for the S660. Pushed it a bit on a back road (link to video below) and was pleasantly surprised. Curves where I expected some understeer were instead welcomed with crisp, instant response from the front end. Surgical precision, to borrow an overused cliche.


Thanks for the questions, I’ll make sure to answer them in the full feature.


It doesn't even have a little front trunk?


Only if you have the top on, or leave it at home. With the top stored in the "frunk", you might be able to squeeze in a candy bar.


How can they deprive us of such things.


Very nice looking car this little Honda. It looks a bit like the Suzuki cappuccino prototype --- would buy s/thing like this for my missus ---so that i can drive it --lol


Looking forward to your review of this. We're wanting to tune our S660, and looking for the best options. Definitely going with a re-map, as that 135kph speed limiter has got to go.