When the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ hit the scene, we rejoiced. Not only because the car is a dream to drive and toss around a track, but because there was the promise that it could spark a resurgence in the compact sportscar market. Well if rumors are to be believed, Honda might be joining in on the fun.
According to gtchannel.com, an unnamed Honda official has stated that the Japanese automaker is seriously considering a new, small, RWD sportscar. It would be the first of its kind since the amazing Honda S2000 drove off into the sunset after the 2009 model year.
But the new roadster would be smaller and run a smaller engine. Potential powerplants could be a 1.3-liter, or the 1.4-liter from the Honda Fit, which makes 132 horsepower. But with a potential curb weight of only 2000 pounds, and equipped with a 5-speed manual, it would be an ideal runabout– even smaller than the Mazda Miata!
According to the report, the design is supposed to take cues from the N-ONE hatchback. An artist has conceptualized those cues, grafted to a roadster body style in the above photo. We’ll know for sure what this vehicle looks like when it takes true shape some time in 2015 or 2016.
Illustration source: gtchannel.com