Honda N-One Updated, Including New RS Model With Six-Speed Manual
The Honda N-One went on sale in Japan in 2012. Now the model receives a major update, including the introduction of a new sporty RS version with a six-speed manual transmission. The updated sedan will go on sale in Japan this fall.
Looking at the exterior, the latest Honda N-One doesn’t look much different from the original. The company even addresses this on the model’s promotion page with a message that translates to, “It doesn’t seem to have changed, but it’s changed so much.”
There are some changes drivers should appreciate, however. The vehicle is now fitted with LED headlights as standard. All trim levels also benefit from the Honda Sensing Safety Suite which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist, Collision Mitigation Braking, Pedestrian Avoidance, Traffic Sign Recognition, Assistance lane keeping, rear parking sensors and automatic main beam headlights.
To comply with the Japanese Kei car class, the N-One cannot produce more than 63 horsepower (47 kilowatts). The original base and mid-range Premium versions come with CVT and are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The RS is the really exciting addition to the lineup. It has the same horsepower as the others, but offers customers the option of a six-speed manual transmission, in addition to the CVT. This category is exclusively front-wheel drive. On the outside there are LED fog lights and 15-inch black wheels. The cabin has a leather covering for the gear lever and steering wheel.
Honda also has accessories on the way for the new N-One. The entry-level original is available with a carbon fiber sticker around the headlight surround and matt gray stripes. The Premium also gets scratches, in addition to a wood grain decal and chrome divider. Finally, the RS (pictured above) receives a blackened bonnet sticker, a Crystal Black Pearl trim for the lower fairing and a dark chrome coating for the fuel filler hatch.