The Japan-only N-One kei automobile has been a favourite amongst Honda fans since its debut in 2012. Largely, that was as a consequence of its lovable styling — which was impressed by the 1967 N360 and the N600, its U.S. market variant — regardless that its was solely out there 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 guide transmission choice.
It is a supremely uncommon transfer within the automotive world lately. Guide transmissions are hanging on by a thread, and automakers are taking them away lately moderately than including them to a brand new technology that did not provide one earlier than. Honda says it did in order a direct response to buyer calls for. So hey, perhaps web feedback do make a distinction!
Moreover, the N-One comes with the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist tech, which implies the guide transmission can be utilized together with adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping help. Honda notes, nonetheless, that the low-speed comply with perform, to be used in site visitors jams, won’t work with a guide.
There are three trim ranges: Authentic, Premium Tourer, and the RS. The 6-speed is obtainable solely on the within the RS, powered by a 3-cylinder turbo making 63 horsepower (the higher restrict allowed by kei automobile rules). A naturally aspirated model with 57 hp mated to a CVT can be out there.
As hard-core Hondaheads will know, the RS badge has lengthy been a efficiency marker for automobiles such because the first-generation Civic and the Match RS, traditionally supplied in shiny orange. As a nod to this historical past, the N-One RS provides a skinny orange define across the guide shifter’s bezel, decrease steering wheel spoke, and seats.
The remainder of the N-One, like all kei automobiles, is a research in house maximization. Despite the fact that it has a small footprint for Japan’s slim metropolis streets, the automobiles by no means set off claustrophobia. Like Honda’s earlier N-series automobiles, the corporate will in all probability provide 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.