More carbon fiber is always a good thing.
The Honda S660 is one of those forbidden fruits that we in America never had a chance to sample, but even years on from its release, it's a highly popular platform for tuners like Liberty Walk to play with. Japanese tuner Mugen also recently revealed its upgrade kit for the little sports car, but apparently, there's already some room for further enhancement. Thus, the prolific tuner has just launched some carbon fiber body parts and a new sports steering wheel for the diminutive roadster. And unlike some aftermarket offerings, Mugen is claiming real weight savings with its new components for the S660.
First up is a carbon fiber hood that is almost 10 pounds lighter than the factory part. It also improves downforce at the front of the car. With a mid-engined layout, there's a second hood to lighten here, which Mugen has done, also with the aid of carbon fiber. This part is almost nine pounds lighter than the stock item, although the addition of a carbon rear wing can eat into some of the weight-saving. This part is also claimed to enhance aerodynamic efficiency. There are also front fenders available made from reinforced plastic, saving around 2.5 pounds. A carbon sport grille is also offered, but its benefits, and those of a new steering wheel, are purely aesthetic.
Opt for everything and you'll end up with a weight saving of around 21 pounds over the standard car, but what does all this cost? Well, the front hood costs ¥495,000, while the rear one is priced at ¥440,000. The rear wing costs ¥198,000, while the fenders, grille, and steering wheel cost ¥88,000, ¥99,000, and ¥89,100 respectively. That's a total of ¥1,401,900. That sounds like a lot, but in our money, it works out to around $13,530. That's still not cheap, but it doesn't really matter. Besides the Civic Type R, Honda doesn't seem to keen on making cool cars available in the States.