Honda Beat Successor in the Works… Roadster Coming in Late 2013

We’ve heard rumors about a new Honda roadster for a while now. Auto Express is now reporting that Honda is definitely planning a new roadster that will combine the best of Honda’s car and motorcycle technologies.

The new roadster will be a successor to the Beat roadster from the Nineties. The front-wheel-drive, two seater roadster will be based on the same platform as the CR-Z hybrid, but will have a smaller body. It’s expected to take styling cues from the OSM concept car.

What will power the new roadster? It’s rumored that it will be powered by one of Honda’s next-generation 1.3L or 1.5L VTEC engines, but a hybrid version is not planned. The engine is expected to be mated to Honda’s first ever dual clutch transmission.

The Honda Beat will be released in late 2013 and will be targeted at the Mazda MX-5. Unlike the original Honda Beat, the new one will be sold worldwide.

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