Originally Posted by K2e2vin
Mid-engine "budget" car is not new for Honda:
Meet the Honda Beat:
Had a curb weight of around 1700lbs and people were swapping B16s into them. Never sold in USA but IIRC some people in Canada got a hold of them and a couple were brought down here too(from CAN).
As you mentioned, it wasn't sold in the US, though it likely wouldn't have met our crash standards. Additionally the engine it had was nothing to write home about (63 hp from a three-cylinder), contrasting to this proposed high-powered four-cylinder which would certainly cost more.
Again, I didn't say it couldn't be done. I'm just saying that layout, that output and that price aren't likely to be seen together at a Honda dealership.