Honda Developing New Compact RWD Sports Car: Report

Honda Developing New Compact RWD Sports Car: Report

Honda is rumored to be working on its own Scion FR-S competitor, a rear-wheel drive sports car that will be small, quick, and light.

The car isn’t going to be a direct decedent of the S2000, but it will share many of the same attributes. Honda also wants this new sports car to be more affordable, much like the FR-S. On the drawing board for the Japanese automaker is an S1500, which would be even smaller than the Mazda MX-5 and would be powered by either a 1.3- or 1.5-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine.

SEE ALSO: Watch and Hear the 2015 Civic Type R Tackle the Nurburgring

Ideally, Honda would like to compete in the rear-wheel drive sports car space with a vehicle priced around $20,000. Don’t expect it to make a ton of power, but thanks to its light weight which is rumored to sit around 2,000 lbs, the car should have adequate acceleration along with good handling and an overall agile driving experience.

As for styling, it’s rumored that Honda could use the N-ONE Concept as a base.

It seems that Honda is back on track with building a new generation of sports cars, evident by the 2015 Civic Type R that recently tackled the Nurburgring with hopes of claiming the front-wheel drive record.

[Source: GT Channel]

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  • smartacus

    ahahahahaha! OMG that was a good one. oh i haven’t had a hearty belly laugh like that in so long! *wiping tears from eyes*
    …and Honda has been developing an NSX replacement since before The Fast And The Furious franchise was first filmed.

    (oh wait, NSX replacement did appear in that Avengers movie way back when so that means it’s only a couple more years now…we think)

  • ColumWood

    I agree this is far fetched. Even the source seems unreliable. Still, the NSX is coming.

  • smartacus

    ahahahahaha! OMG that was a good one. oh i haven’t had a hearty belly laugh like that in so long! *wiping tears from eyes*
    …and Honda has been developing an NSX replacement since before The Fast And The Furious franchise was first filmed.

    (oh wait, NSX replacement did appear in that Avengers movie way back when so that means it’s only a couple more years now…we think)

  • Gavin

    Smaller and the Miata? No thanks. At least make it as big as the FR-S/BRZ or an RSX.

  • ColumWood

    I’d be cool with smaller than a Miata, but it better cost $20k for that.

  • Vroosh

    I will pass. Honda should consider a V6 turbo hookup with something in the 300 hp range and a weight of about 2500 pounds.

  • Robby G

    A V6 turbo had better make a LOT more than 300 hp. The new 2.0T Honda is planing for the Civic Type R should make “at least” 280 hp.

  • Emperor_of_Night

    So, it won’t be a new S2000 , but actually a new Beat. I wish it would be rear-mid-engined like the Beat and deliver at least 130 hp (if 1.3 liter) or 150 hp (if 1.5 liter)

  • Alfie

    Basically a RWD CX-Z convertible. That would actually be pretty cool.

  • rawheadrex

    Going to RWD may be the only thing that keeps me in a Honda. The 370Z, Genesis, Miata, FRS and BRZ are all ahead of Honda on my replacement list. I should have kept my ’67 Sting Ray.

  • Mick

    It needs to be at least a 2 liter engine with over 160hp and an optional 2.4 liter with 210-220.

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