Honda N360

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Honda N360
The Honda N360
Automotive industryHonda
Also calledHonda LN360
Honda N400
Honda N600
Production19671972
SuccessorHonda Civic
Car classificationKei car
Car body style2-door Sedan (car)
2-door Station wagon
Internal combustion engine354 cc Straight-2
402 cc Straight-2
599 cc Straight-2
Wheelbase2000 mm (78.7 in)
RelatedHonda Z600

The Honda N360 is a Kei car, designed and built by Honda and produced from March 1967 through 1970, while its larger N600 brother lasted three more years. The car featured Front wheel drive and an air-cooled 354 cc, 31 hp (23 kW) 2 cylinder engine with Beam axle/Leaf spring rear suspension.

A 2-door Sedan (car) was the original body style, with a 2-door Station wagon called the LN360 coming in June of the first year. An upgraded 36 hp (27 kW) engine was added in October 1968 for the N360 T. A 402 cc engine was used in the similar N400.

The Hondamatic-equipped 1968 N360AT was the first Kei car with an Automatic transmission.

The N600 was introduced in 1969 as a 1970 model, and was the first Honda automobile to be officially imported to the United States. It was technologically advanced for its time, with an all alloy engine which could achieve 9000 rpm. Engine output was 36–45 hp (27–34 kW) and the N600 was capable of 81 mph (130 km/h). It delivered surprisingly peppy performance because of its light weight (around 550 kg/1100 pounds), due to compact dimensions and some plastic parts (like the boot lid). The first brakes were very weak, despite having front disks and power assist. Rear suspension was a Dead axle on leaf springs.

Production was stopped in 1972, along with the sportier Honda Z600 (or Z-Act, depending on country). The first generation Honda Civic replaced these little cars with something a little more suited to the American Interstate system.

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