Call this a Ryu Asada passion project.
Jun Imai is dropping all kinds of goodies while he is in Japan, and after unveiling a trio of Skylines, he threw a beautiful curveball with this:
Yep, the Honda City Turbo. Some of you may have to google this one, and please do. There is more to this one than meets the eye. The Honda City is a tiny hatch made mainly for Japan, and the Turbo is its “hot hatch” incarnation.
The City Turbo is most definitely unique. The car is tiny, but the Turbo is aggressive in both performance and looks. There was also an option for buyers to include the Motocompo, and small, foldable 50 CC scooter that fit in the rear.
The Hot Wheels mimics that. The model is small, and the wheels are too. Think of it as close to the Fiat 500 released in Car Culture earlier this year. Obviously this one wouldn’t have a removable scooter – although a premium version a la the ’55 Panel with motorcycle is an enticing idea.
This also marks the debut of the brand new basic aerodisk basic wheel. A hub-like wheel like this is most welcome for Hot Wheels, and it looks perfect here. I can think of a slew of other models that will benefit as well. These wheels are small, also like those on the Fiat.
Lastly, if you are familiar with the Hot Wheels Design Team, it is pretty clear that this design comes from the Team’s resident Honda Nut, Ryu Asada. His last few IG posts make that pretty clear:
As is Ryu’s motto – “Honda for Life!”