「Check Out the Crazy Engine Bay in this Honda ‘N-Koro’ (N600) with a VFR800 Powertrain！」【SEMA SHOW 2019】
Custom N600 shocks and awes with its engine swap
Not a head cover but a fuel tank cover!
A model that may be unfamiliar to tuning car lovers, but nonetheless famous, the N360 was a minicar that Honda produced in the ’60s and ’70s. At that time, the N360 was imported stateside as the Honda N600 and equipped with a 598cc air-cooled two-cylinder engine.
Here is an ingenious reworking using the N600 as a base. Obtaining a decayed 1972 body and doing a full restore, its engine was swapped out with a 1998 Honda VFR800 Interceptor V4 engine, mounted horizontally! This is a tuning masterwork 5 years in the making.
The fuel tank cover put on instead of (?) the head cover is a nice touch. The engine swap gives it 80 horsepower and 12,000 rpm in the red zone, nearly double the original 42 horsepower of the original, is intense. Word on the street is that the maximum speed is over 130mph…
The driving force extracted from the gearbox attached to the engine is transmitted to the Ford 7.5-inch rear differential through the newly installed propeller shaft within the center tunnel, creating traction. In other words, it is made to an FR setup.
The suspension was completely rebuilt, using a Mazda MX-5 Miata suspension which was modified and transplanted into the car.
The front and rear bumpers are based on the 67-68 Chevrolet Camaro. Taillights were smoothed out and replaced by embedded LED lights creating a futuristic look at the rear.
The muffler is a Supertrapp for motorcycles! It is an approach that clearly shows that this project is made with attention to detail.
The interior is equipped with Polaris RZR seats and a mission paddle shifter behind the steering wheel. One thing left untouched are the instrument panel and choke. Although it does not have a reverse gear, it was explained, “You can open the door and kick the car backward with one foot.” Well, the body weighs about 500kg, so that may be fine.
After full completion, this “Monster N” will appear at various custom car shows, already taking a number of trophies along its way. Since it was on display at the HONDA booth at this years SEMA show, even manufacturers seem to be already taking notice.