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 Honda Beat
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The Honda Beat was a 2-seater sports car classed as a minicar in Japan that featured the world’s first mid-engined fully convertible monocoque body. The body was lightweight but very stiff, due to the use of a box style floor tunnel and dual-structure side sills.
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Storage location:HONDA COLLECTION HALL (Twin Ring Motegi, 120-1, Hiyama, Motegi-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken 321-3597)
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Year manufactured:1991
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Manufacturer:Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:In storage: not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Honda Beat
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Company name:Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1991
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Vehicle type/usage:Minicar
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Honda Collection Hall
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Model / Weight
Style:2-door convertible
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Number of doors:2
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Passenger capacity:2
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Vehicle weight:760 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Monocoque
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Bumpers:Provided
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Overall length:3295 mm
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Overall width:1395 mm
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Overall height:1175 mm
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Tire size:F155/65R 13 165/60R 13
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Front axle:MacPherson
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Rear axle:MacPherson
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Wheelbase:2280 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1210×1210 mm
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Steering:Round steering wheel
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Stabilizer:Torsion bar type
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Driving stability devices:Airbags
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 3-cylinder
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Valve train:SOHC, intake: 2, exhaust: 2
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Bore x stroke:66×64 mm
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Displacement:656 cc
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Ignition system:Full transistor battery
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Max. power/r.p.m.:64/8100
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Fuel tank capacity:24 L
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:5-speed + reverse
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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