27th Jun2017

Here Are Some Photos of a Beat

by Michael Chandler

Last week Gavin asked if I could help him out on a shoot he was doing.  He needed a camera car, and corresponding driver, and I was free.  I had no idea what he was shooting, and I figured I’d be driving his Legacy.  Then I saw the Beat.

The Honda Beat is a Kei car with a 656cc, 3 cylinder motor. That little motor is stuck in the middle of the diminutive car, and spins the rear wheels. 

It doesn’t feature VTEC, or forced induction, but it has individual throttle bodies and the MTREC system.  MTREC standing for Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control.

It was the last car approved by Sochiro Honda before he died in 1991. The body was designed by Pininfarina, you know the design house that designed a lot of Ferraris. They sold the design to Honda, and now we have the Beat.

BONUS: a picture of Gavin taking pictures in a gravel parking lot without shoes on.

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One Response to “Here Are Some Photos of a Beat”

  • Ben thomas

    I just met the owner of this Beat tonight as I was driving my MR2 spyder! It was awesome to see a Beat in person