Honda's American Muscle Via A Kei-Lens Is Nice And Bonkers

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I've mentioned before how taken I am with Honda's home-market-only N-Box Slash, and now it seems Honda's expressing some envy for an iconic American car affectation: old-school Detroit muscle. Seeing what that actually means when applied to this odd little 660cc box is pretty fantastic. And ridiculous.

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It looks like Japanese tuner Mugen started with the 'California Diner' trim level of the N-Box Slash, then added exciting bits like a sporier, central-mounted exhaust, some sort of puzzling graphics (Route 16? Was Route 16 a big deal?), stripes, flame decals coming out of the headlights (for that illusion that your car uses a pair of captive fires for lighting), and, of course, those awesome finish-line checkerboard wheels.

If the car is to stay registered as a Kei-class car in Japan, that means they likely had to leave the 660cc/64HP engine alone, which is only roughly 1/10th the output of actual American muscle cars, so that's not bad, right?

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Really, I think this is fun — I like seeing a car that clearly isn't taking itself too seriously. This will be shown at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, alongside other bonkers N-Box variants, like the DVD-movie-in-the-$1-barrell-named 'Cyber Code 89,' which looks sort of like a robotic vacuum-fish.

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