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Old 01-11-2013, 01:36 PM   #24
gpshumway
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Sigh. Honda just doesn't seem to get it these days.

Most people buy cars as much for the hood ornament as the engineering. Even if the baby NSX has ~275 HP, who would pay $60k for it instead of buying a Cayman?

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.
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