Honda Planning Toyota FR-S/FT-86 Competitor, Combining S2000 and Beat

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Honda is planning a rival to the Toyota FR-S (formerly FT-86) sports car, combing the concepts of the S2000 and the Beat minicar. According to a report by Motor Trend, the new two-seater roadster would use a modified version of the Fit platform using a a rear-mid engine layout. What isn’t clear is if Honda is planning to build this car with a conventional gasoline engine or a hybrid system like the CR-Z. We sincerely hope its the former, as that would not only allow for easier modification, but would also keep both the vehicle’s cost and its weight down.

MT‘s sources say the car is currently in development at Honda’s R&D center in Tochigi, just outside Tokyo. The project certainly sounds like an interesting one, combining the philosophies behind the old school 656cc inline-three cylinder engined Beat and the more modern 2.0-liter VTEC-powered S2000 in one small, economical and fun package.

If it is small enough and light enough we’d even love a car like this – even if it only came with the Fit’s 1.5-liter 4-cylinder.

[Source: Motor Trend]

[Photo Credit: AWRracing]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Carguy Carguy on Jun 27, 2010

    I agree, this sounds promising, provided Honda doesn't ruin any chance of the car having any performance by making it a hybrid.

  • Dave Dave on Jun 29, 2010

    Given Honda's design direction nowadays, I'm not quite sure VTEC be be enough will win over the hearts and minds of the masses if they don't figure that end out when compared to the FR-S.