Originally Posted by gpshumway
Memo to Honda: Quit with the AWD stupidity, it's totally unnecessary in a mid-engine sports car, I don't care what Audi says. Build a mid engine S2000. Take the K20Z3+ 6sp from the 8th gen Civic Si, add direct injection and a good header (like the F20) and you'll have a 250hp, 8,000 RPM engine with a slick shifting transmission. Put it amid ships in a two seater weighing <2,700 lb and you'll have a real winner. A simple, light, direct sports car. The car will share drivetrain with the Civic Si, and should be easy to build in the same plant. Sell it for ~$27-30k, a modest premium over the Si. Trying to beat Porsche at their own game is folly, you don't have the brand.
Sorry, but a 250 hp version of their K20 in a brand new mid-engined, RWD platform is not going to sell for anything close to that price, unless they want to lose a ton of money on each unit sold. It would be nice, but it's completely unrealistic.
In 2000, Toyota (re-)released the MR-2 Spyder with an unentertaining 140 hp engine for just under $24,000, which today is more like $32,000, adjusting for inflation. And remember that they had prior experience with the mid-engine layout with the previous two generations of MR2s. So for Honda to come up with their first mass-produced mid-engined car for this kind of compact application (as the NSX was categorized more as a supercar and also cost multiples more) but give it a higher caliber variant of the K20 and sell for under $30k will definitely not happen.