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Old 06-18-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Mid engined S2k? Woot!

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Honda to Fuse S2000 and Beat Into One
Small, Rear-Drive, Mid-Engine Roadster on the Drawing Board
June 17, 2010
/ By Peter Lyon

The Honda S2000 was recently killed and the Honda Beat 660cc minicar of 1991 all but forgotten, but in a strange comeback story, they both may live again -- fused into the one car. We have just caught word from a source close to Honda that the company is busy at work 'molding' the two together in a radical new project that is taking shape inside the halls of Tochigi's R&D Centre just north of Tokyo. Dropped onto a modified Fit (Jazz) platform, the new roadster will apparently employ a rear mid-engined layout. An illustration of what the new car could become is depicted.

It's an intriguing new sports car plan from a company that doesn't really have much left in that genre short of the Civic Si and the hybrid CR-Z (the Civic Type R will cease production in August). We did some background research and discovered that Honda has lodged a patent pending in Japan to build a roadster using a subframe and parts from current cars but adding technology to lower curb weight and reduce production costs. The patent actually refers to the "engine being fitted to a center frame" which translates from Japanese to mid-engined and rear-wheel drive. So it will no doubt be lightweight and have good front-rear weight distribution at the same time.

But whether that "mid-engine" refers to a hybrid, fully electric or fuel cell is still unclear. In recent years, Honda has dabbled in all three alternative forms of propulsion, so it's anyone's guess which way they will lean. It's unlikely the automaker will build the car with a gasoline engine option as that would restrict its international application. And if there's anything the company wants, it's to make this car a global success. Don't expect to see this car on the road before 2014.
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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Mid-engined compact and global success?



Honda is smoking some good stuff these days.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #3
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*crosses fingers* Please, Honduh, you're overdue for a comeback. I grew up during your heyday of providing the most fun and practicality for the money, but you've become anemic in your performance (Si), lagging in your efficiency (Insight? Hell, CR-Z? REALLY???), and just plain uninspiring with your offerings. At least your quality and reliability remains top-tier, but there's more to motoring than dash-plastic gaps and 400,000 mile drivetrains. I'll take 200,000 miles of fun and happy driving memories over 400k of...commuting.
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:27 PM   #4
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I bet it's gonna be mid-engined...FWD
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:05 PM   #5
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Please this:



and not this:

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Old 06-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #6
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My parents wanted to buy me a "practical car during my high school ara. We went to the Honda dealer and my mom really liked the Civic Si.....until we drove it. 8000rpm and 16 years old just wasn't a good combo. She was screaming like a little girl. I ended up with a Plymouth Valarie. Sure it had 4 different colored doors, but that slant 6 was one tough motor! Honda had some cool stuff back then.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:26 PM   #7
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We have just caught word from a source close to Honda
So they're not even claiming a source in Honda.

This will never happen.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:25 PM   #8
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A whip me SY2K'ER
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #9
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Nothing here. I"ll be surprised if the Si lives on at this point.......
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:13 PM   #10
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Who needs the Si when we've got the CR-Z!!!!
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:25 PM   #11
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S2000 at a Beat price would be win. Knowing Honda these days, I'm not expecting much.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:54 AM   #12
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Too bad if its Beat sized it won't be coming over to our shores. I wonder if it's going to compete against the Miata ?
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:42 AM   #13
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As an 09 Fit owner (which I truly love), I am frankly not impressed with some of Honda's latest offerings like the atrocious Crosstour or the silly Acura ZDX etc....while killing products like the S2000 and the fledgeling NSX program. I am definitely not waiting with bated breath for the above product to actually become a production car.
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