• Sep 24th 2010 at 7:29PM
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According to Road & Track, Honda may have its heart set on cranking out a new droptop sports car to keep the brand alive in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the new racer isn't likely to be anything like the much-loved S2000. No, instead, R&T's sources point to a convertible version of the CR-Z. The recipe calls for the platform to retain its front-wheel-drive layout, though a more powerful drivetrain would likely be fitted to lug around the additional weight of bracing and a folding top.

We've heard worse ideas, but we can't remember when.

If the car made it to production, it would theoretically go toe to toe with the long-reigning Mazda MX-5 in a battle that we can only assume would be over before either car got to the track. Should the CR-Z-based car prove successful, Honda would then look into building a more potent, rear-wheel drive hybrid sports car. You know, what the CR-Z should have been all along.

Road & Track has worked up a rendering, and the curious/stout of stomach can check it out over at their site.

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[Source: Road & Track]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish Honda would "mull" adding the high-end trim level that Europe gets: the one that adds back the items that are lacking:

      1) Proximity key/keyless ignition
      2) sunroof
      3) heated seats
      4) leather seats
      5) back-up sensors

      etc..., etc...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Why waste any more money on this rolling fail box?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the hell? Why?

      Ditch the terrible IMA system
      K20Z1 out of the now defunct RSX-S
      6 speed with LSD
      Tune that suspension right

      You will sell more, I promise.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please build this. I really need 1 more car out there that I don't want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just build it Honda, it'll be interesting, much like a convertible PT Cruiser is "interesting".

        Besides, what do you have to lose, your reputation? Ha! Don't worry about that, you lost it 3 cars ago. (Insight, Crosstour, and CR-Z)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. With all the cars out there I DO want (5.0 Mustang, Fusion, Kia Sportage, Q5, Challenger, M3, Genesis Coupe), it helps to have a car that is so clearly on my "do not want" list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please ignore. Meant to post as a reply to my earlier comment + Nightlights comment. Autoblog instead decides to post it as a fresh comment. Arrgh!!! Sorry!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda just doesn't have it any more man. Not only is this NOT a "spiritual successor" to the CRX but now they might make a convertible out of it? What the HELL is wrong with Honda now a days?

      What Honda enthusiasts want:

      A Prelude.
      An Integra.
      A real Civic Si Hatchback.
      A real CRX Si.

      Stop giving us this watered down bu!!sh!t Honda!

      At least Toyota seems to be coming back to it's senses with the FT-86.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw a CR-Z on the road the other day. A part of me wanted to laugh at the poor shmuck who bought it, and another part of me felt somewhat sorry for him. Oh wells, in the end it's his money and if it makes him happy, then so be it.

      It's sad to think that all Honda has to do to fix this car is to replace the silly hybrid setup with a traditional gas engine. :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      "One sec, just let me add a little polish....alright, this turd is done."

      A polished turd is still a turd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How many lame ideas can Honda squeeze into a single car?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Targa top or GTFO. Making this thing into a convertible will make it so heavy it will take 10 seconds to get 0-60....oh wait it already does.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Two words....

      Del. Sol.

      Flatten the back and make it a pop-hard-top. That would make a good re-release of the DelSol. No one ever had any delusions of the DelSol being a "performance" car like some people seem to think the CRX was. It would be a DelSol, just a fun, inexpensive 2 seater semi-convertible. No promises of any performance.

      My wife is still sick she sold hers off when we had kids. If they made a DelSol pop-top variant of this car we would own one some day, even if they do suck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The CR-Z would work, if it too were inexpensive.

        Instead, it's an over-priced Civic with less power.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather Honda spend it's precious resources

      a) giving us a true successor to the S2000 (coupe and convertible)
      b) fixing the snout of this thing and asking their marketers to stop
      calling this a sports car and spiritual successor to the CRX. I
      understand the power of marketing but there's a limit.
      c) RWD would be appreciated.

      If they decide to continue down the current path please:
      a) increase the output SIGNIFICANTLY. Possibly offering a Hyundai
      Sonata like Turbo 4 banger that would complement the electrical
      b) for this to be shipped with a factory installed camouflage kit.

      C'mon Honda. What happened??? I drove the NSX, owned a Integra-R, Prelude,
      drove the S2000. You guys can do this. What the hell is this?? How
      come Hyundai is providing a sports car in the first generation that is
      better than anything you guys have on offer today???? Heck, BMW is now producting V8's that rev as high as those 4 banger V-Tech's of yore.

      Jeez. Mayve we enthusiasts are a minority and not worth
      going after but clearly Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Audi, BMW, Chevy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was a HARDCORE Honda fan back in the day. My '99 GS-R will forever go down as one of my favorite vehicles I have ever owned.

        I have defected to Mazda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant, clearly the other car companies are proving otherwise while turning a profit.

        Sorry about the passionate rant. It just get riled up when I see a company appeal solely to numbers, once the passion is gone all that's left is an MBA run business optimized shell. Then comes the downfall.

        @Nightflight. Feeling you mate, I defected to Audi and am thinking of trying Ford (hoping the Boss 302 with a 7500rpm V8 will keep raising the bar on the thrill factor!) if the dealers dont gouge me out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda should totally do a fun cab version, but not in the feeble vein of the S2000. I was traded one on an Elise once and it blew, the tranny is worthlessly spaced and it's all show and no go, I don't care what you say. Just got an 08 MX5 (the 5sp not the lame 6sp) and I can tell you that in spite of it's girth and the added feather weight of the hardtop it's a real fun sports car, almost as nice as a Kappa turbo. Almost. If Honda turned this into a turbo 4 hybrid roadster it could be as much of a blast as the Maz, hopefully at a similar value.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't mind the snout as much as i do the back. Those taillights, yeesh!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mazda just called. They wanted to thank Honda for the marketshare.
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