The sensual looks of a Porsche 911 with the reliability of a Honda? Who says you can’t have it all.
Now that anyone and everyone with $15,000-$20,000 to throw around can source and purchase a Honda Beat on this side of the pond, how do you stand out when another Beat also shows up to your local car meet?
Japan-based OG Aero Kit maker Ducks-Garden’s got your back with a truly one of a kind body kit called the Narrow 997 Beat (Front Body Kit for the Honda Beat.)
Check out photos of this unique, front end conversion that makes your once drab Honda Beat into a bona fide Porsche 997 (911) if viewed at a football field’s length away.
If you have a couple of minutes, go ahead and scroll through Ducks-Garden’s website (linked above) and check out all the aero kits they have available.
On top of some true throwback era aero kits, like this one on a Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Voyager, they seem to specialize in turning regular JDM Kei cars into Porsche homages.
This one for the Honda Beat is no different.
Just to refresh your memory, here’s what a regular Porsche 997 (911’s made between 2004-2013) look like.Embed from Getty Images
To be honest it looks little like the 997 above, with the raised headlights it looks more like a Porsche 964 (made between 1989-1994) more than a modern Porsche.Embed from Getty Images
The aero kit is made from fiberglass reinforced plastic and comes with a front bumper, both fenders, a hood, and side mirrors.
Lights and blinkers are not included.
Ducks-Garden lists this aero kit for 264,000 yen which is $1,944, but that’s if you pick it from their shop in Hokata, Japan.
After adding overseas shipping via DHL Express, the price more than doubles.
According to the US-Based listing for this body kit from Nengun Performance, these body kits are made to order. It’s not like Ducks-Garden has a bunch of these front end conversions sitting around. Once you press order it’ll take between 3-4 weeks for them to make before it’s shipped across the ocean so, if you need it ASAP, that’s not how it works, you’re going to have to think two months in advance.
If you’re here in the States, and you’re serious about this fun-looking kit, if done right ( a proper paint job and professional installation,) I think a Beat owner can really pull this off.
I mean, no one’s really going to take you serious, but serious is not the point. This Beat kit will definitely up the fun factor, setting you apart from the other Kei car owners in town.