Originally Posted by gpshumway
Some Asian manufacturer needs to build a modern MR2 and kick Porsche in the pricing butt. Remember when the S2000 won a couple of comparos against the Boxter? That was back when the Boxter started at ~$35k. A modern FWD drivetrain mounted amidships would make for a great affordable sports car. Just look at a 2nd gen MR2 with a 2GR-SFE swap. Same goes for a modern turbo DI 4-cyl. Porsche knows they're the only ones with a decent mid-engined sports car and they price accordingly.
You know.. if MINI had made their stupid little coupe version of the Cooper a mid-engined car.. it would have been incredible even at $30k... but they didn't.. and instead it's a stupid looking pointless car.
Subaru could have easily gone the MR route with the BRZ.. it would have been a modern day 200hp 914. The BRZ is good, but it's bloated.. if it had been a tiny MR runabout, I think they could have knocked a few hundred pounds off of it. It could have had a real front suspension, too..
Nissan could easily make a small mid-engined car with a VQ engine behind the front seats.. and sell it worldwide as both a Nissan and Renault... but no.