The Japan-only N-One kei automotive has been a favourite amongst Honda fans since its debut in 2012. Largely, that was as a result of its lovable styling — which was impressed by the 1967 N360 and the N600, its U.S. market variant — though its was solely obtainable with a 3-cylinder mated to a CVT. Now, after eight years, Honda has introduced an all-new N-One and given it a 6-speed handbook transmission possibility.
It is a supremely uncommon transfer within the automotive world as of late. Handbook transmissions are hanging on by a thread, and automakers are taking them away as of late moderately than including them to a brand new era that did not supply one earlier than. Honda says it did in order a direct response to buyer calls for. So hey, possibly web feedback do make a distinction!
Moreover, the N-One comes with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech, which implies the handbook transmission can be utilized along side adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help. Honda notes, nonetheless, that the low-speed observe perform, to be used in site visitors jams, is not going to work with a handbook.
There are three trim ranges: Unique, Premium Tourer, and the RS. The 6-speed is obtainable completely on the within the RS, powered by a 3-cylinder turbo making 63 horsepower (the higher restrict allowed by kei automotive laws). A naturally aspirated model with 57 hp mated to a CVT can also be obtainable.
As hard-core Hondaheads will know, the RS badge has lengthy been a efficiency marker for vehicles such because the first-generation Civic and the Fit RS, traditionally supplied in shiny orange. As a nod to this historical past, the N-One RS presents a skinny orange define across the handbook shifter’s bezel, decrease steering wheel spoke, and seats.
The remainder of the N-One, like all kei vehicles, is a research in area maximization. Although it has a small footprint for Japan’s slender metropolis streets, the vehicles by no means set off claustrophobia. Like Honda’s earlier N-series vehicles, the corporate will in all probability supply numerous personalization choices as soon as it rolls out. Costs begin on the equal of $14,000 USD for the bottom mannequin, which returns 54 mpg on the WLTC. Sadly, it will by no means come to the U.S.