The winner of the Super Tuner Legends Series is coming to SEMA.
As part of the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, where 1:64 scale cars are brought to life as full-size replicas, Honda introduced the Super Tuner Legends Series. For the series, a panel of experts selected one Honda car from each stop on the Hot Wheels tour and put four into a final selection to award the "Honda Super Tuner" title. The first winner of the Honda Super Tuner title is a stunning little beast of a build.
It's a California based rear-wheel-drive converted 1972 Honda N600, and it's powered by a modern Honda VFR 800cc V4 motorcycle engine.
The N600 was the first car that Honda imported into the US and complied with Japanese kei car dimensional regulations at the time. This isn't the only N600 to have had a conversion like this, but it's also not common. The beauty of Honda's VFR 800-cc V4 motorcycle engine is that it makes a lot of power and revs up to 12,000 rpm, and the N600 weighs practically nothing. The engine also gives a real growl until it reaches a pitch that actually sounds like a motorbike engine being revved out. This particular one, according to Honda, took five years to build and contains many non-Honda parts.
The owner, Stephen Mines, has fitted it with a modified Mazda Miata suspension and, bizarrely, front and rear bumpers from a 1967-68 Chevrolet Camaro. It also has seats fitted from a Polaris RZR because in a car that light, fast, and chuckable, you're going to need seats that will keep you in place.
The other three finalists for the first Super Tuner Legends Series were a modified 1978 Honda Civic, a 2003 Honda S2000, and a 2015 Honda Civic Si. The N600 will be displayed by Honda at the 2019 SEMA show, which runs from November 5 to 8.