Honda Motor Co.'s name may currently be tainted with the global air bag recalls, but it has proved that it remains an automaker with an attitude, launching a new, genre-defying mini sports car developed by a twenty-something pioneer.

Debuted on April 2, Honda's S660 is a car of contradiction. It's a two-seat roadster that delivers a sports appearance for drivers who seek that. Its strikingly sleek body turns heads, and it features a dinky steering wheel and an extremely low driving position typical of roadsters.

Moreover, small windows at the back can be opened electronically so that the occupants can hear the roar of the rear-mounted engine. Even the two heavy doors shut with satisfying thuds.