I am failing to understand something here and I may be wrong so please correct me if I am. Is Honda not decommissioning the K24 and the K series engines in general because it is too old and not clean enough for Japanese regulations? If that is the case, why would the use an old motor decommissioned motor for a car that is slotted for release in 2017 or so? That does not make any sense.
I think the author just got some information regarding a turbo 4 in a smaller sports car slotted for the 50 to 60 K range and ran with it. I would wager that it is his pure assumption about he 200 HP and I feel that it is absolutely wrong unless the car is about 2000 lbs like offerings from Lotus.
Honestly I think the HP figure is absolutely wrong and it will be closer to the 300+ range at which point I don't see anything wrong here if they can pull of a well handling and balanced car. It would pretty much be in direct competition with the Cayman/Boxster and the Alfa C4 that they that is rumored to come to the US. Rumors are that the Cayman/Boxster are going to go to a FI Flat 4 and the C4 was already stated to have a FI inline 4. BMW, MBZ, and Audi's offerings in this class like the SLK, Z4, and TT which are also in the 40 to 60 K range depending on trims and options. It will, just like the original NSX, become the "more reliable" option out of that group. Well, unless Lexus decides to release something using the 86/BRZ chassis. After all, they did make the IS bigger and don't really have anything sporty in their lineup.
I would assume due to the price this would come out as an Acura. The only thing that I see as a potential problem I can see is that Acura is greatly lacking in their interior fit and finish. Comparing the interior of the MDX to a RX you can really see why the RX shines for its segment.