This Is The Most Amazing Honda You've Never Heard OfJason Torchinsky7/15/13 3:15pmFiled to: Secret CarsHondaKei Cars987EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkHonda isn't really known for its mid-engine cars or all-wheel drive systems. This car is a rarity: One of Honda's few mid-engine cars and it's one of Honda's relatively few AWD cars. It's also small enough to fit on most freight elevators. It's the Honda Z from 1998-2002. Just look at it. This thing rocks.AdvertisementI'm so fascinated by this car because it's one of the very few examples of a type of car design I always thought there should be more of: A mid-engine car that's not an exotic two seater, but rather a 4+ seater everyday-use car.There's been remarkably few of these over the years — you could argue the Tesla Model S is one, and certain vans like the Toyota Previa, but hardly any conventional passenger cars. VW almost replaced the Beetle with a fascinating mid-engine hatchback, but that was never to be. In fact, the 1998-2002 Honda Z may be the closest car to that stillborn VW.The Honda Z is a tiny kei-classed hatchback, meaning it's under Japan's microcar restrictions that keep the engine size and power to 660cc/63HP and it has to fit certain diminutive size restrictions. Honda pegs both the engine size and power with their turbo inline 3, and manages to add a full AWD system in the process.