There's a joke phrase from a popular movie that gets tossed around the Autoblog offices when ever a big change or announcement is coming: "Hold on to your butts." It's usually accompanied by a video of Samuel L. Jackson. That's the advice we'd recommend for reading this article. GTChannel is reporting that a new, small, lightweight, quick successor to the Honda S2000 is being "seriously considered."

Citing an unnamed source within the Japanese automaker, GTChannel goes on to list a few interesting tidbits about the new vehicle. From the sounds of it, though, if Honda is planning a new roadster, it's in the absolute earliest stages of development.

What's apparently being discussed is a car that's smaller than a Mazda MX-5, in terms of its dimensions. Under hood would be a VTEC engine, displacing anywhere from 1.3 to 1.5 liters, with GT Channel making the apt suggestion that the 1.5-liter, 132-horsepower mill from the Honda Fit could make its way into the new roadster. Curb weight would be in the realm of 2,000 pounds, which would make a 130-odd-hp engine seem absolutely heroic. Rear-wheel drive would be a given, although we aren't sure about the site's suggestion that a five-speed manual will be on offer. Styling could draw from the N-One, a popular, Honda-badged kei car.

As if this isn't all sounding too good to be true, the source also claims that Honda is targeting the $20,000 price point. The potential MX-5/Toyobaru fighter could be ready by 2015 or 2016. Now, we've checked our calendars, and April 1 is still over seven months away, but we'd still advise you take this with a rather large grain(s) of salt. Rumors of a new Honda roadster have appeared and disappeared with tide-like regularity since the moment the S2000 died, and none of them have come to pass. The NSX revival was followed by nearly a decade of will-they, won't-they rumors and telephone-game whispers before Honda actually buckled down and built something. It seems like the same thing could be happening here.


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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      In all honesty, this is not much of an exciting news from Honda because the way Honda has been producing cars, they are now in the same position as Toyota. Numb, boring, dull to drive, etc. only eco. If Honda does bother engineering this roadster, they would raise the price close to FRS or BRZ. Small, lightweight, affordable car = Mazda MX5
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Again, I am not insulting Honda but just pointing the obvious. I would recommend Honda to concentrate on perfecting the NSX instead.
      Max
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would it be an S2000 successor in the same way that the CR-Z is a CRX Si successor? because if so... pass.
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      This may be produced, but it will NOT be a succession to the S2k. It will be more of a successor to the Honda Beat, an A segment sized Japanese roadster. With a curb weight of under 2000 pounds, 130 hp is MORE than enough, giving it a power/weight ratio superior to the Miata. It should give Honda's rather mundane portfolio a much needed boost in the fun department. Price it at under $20 k to really seal the deal. That being said, I believe Honda really needs to work on making a true successor to the S2000. With a 9k redline , VTEC, and perhaps direct injection, Honda's 2.0 inline 4 should be fully capable of 270 hp. Price should be $35 k At the same time, Honda should also work on a higher-powered S2000, perhaps called the S2500, with a 2.5 inline 4 making 320 hp, for $45 k.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        130hp with 2000lbs is OK. That's a 7.1 0-60 but great track handling. It will still get beat by just about everything on ANY track with a semi decent straight away. BTW - I own an MR2 spyder. 2,195 stock lbs, lightened flywheel, battery, headers and spare tire removed. I'm below 2,100 lbs with 138 stock hp (estimated at about 143 with the headers, lightweight car and exhaust). It's great for sporty handling but the car absolutely needs about 40 more hp for some "grunt". That is exactly why Lotus put the supercharger on the base 180hp Elise. Honda is dreaming if they think they can make a 2,000 lb car for the US market. It's just not possible these days. I read a Car & Driver article that showed all the things that US cars need these days and what adds weight. 1. Side impact airbags 2. Roll over (roof crush) of 3x the vehicle weight. 3. Pedestrian bumpers are just a FEW of the things. If it makes it here with 2,000 lbs that means in Europe it would be below 1,800 lbs. Without extensive aluminum/carbon fiber I don't see that happening. The base Honda Fit is already well over the 2,000 lbs and has FWD so no drivetrain running the length of the car is required. If the put the engine in the back that saves the weight of the exhaust piping and drive train to the rear tires.
          graphikzking
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          *lightweight cat I meant to write. Battery Headers Exhaust Cat Spare tire Totaled about 100 lbs. (yes the battery alone was approx 20 lbs. and spare tire was another 20+)
          Justin Campanale
          • 1 Year Ago
          @graphikzking
          1)You only got about 100 pounds of weight saving from your MR2? I took out a few things from my 1989 911 Cabriolet(manufacturer-rated 2667 lbs)- the battery, headers, exhaust, rear seat- 100 lbs right there. I replaced the windows with Lexan-another 100 lbs. I replaced the spare tire and jack-another 50 lbs. Weight goes down to around 2400 pounds. After that, *remove windshield washer container *Backdated heater *Fiberglass hood and remove hood shocks *RUF fiberglass front and rear bumper caps My weight is now 2320 pounds. If you want your Spyder to lose more weight, a little bit of elbow grease would help. 2) The Honda Beat curb weight is 1675 lbs. A successor to this car, which the aforementioned car is, might be, what, 1850 pounds? Add US safety regs, and you're up to 2000 lbs.
      gofast182
      • 1 Year Ago
      As an S2000 owner I want to go on the record as saying this sounds terrible. Honda would be doing much more harm than good to the legacy the S2000 created, punching well above its weight, besting the likes of BMW and Porsche, with such a dismal powertrain (132hp/5MT). Smaller than a Miata (which already makes more power is undergoing a very promising overhaul)? Honda is rumored to lament the splash made by the Toyobaru twins. Such a package won't even begin to compete with any of them. Styling drawn from the N-One? I've seen the rendering of this roadster concept and it looks horrible, not sexy in the tradition of the S2000 (look up N-One and picture it having a baby with a Pontiac Solstice).
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      The specs and given the EVster and CRZ convertible concept of past years, it sounds more related to the CRZ convertible, especially when your talking about 2 seaters with 130 hp. It sounds nothing like an S2000 replacement, which from what I understand was an special production run that was never meant to be permanent.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they build something I'd bet a fwd a la del sol. Honda's too lazy & cheap these days to build a new RWD roadster.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      We wanted another CRX and we got the CR-Z, the NSX is coming back as an AWD hybrid car, and now the Type R is back with a vengeance but we won't see it on our shores. I have a feeling this S2000 successor will be just as disappointing and opposite from the original car they used as the inspiration. As an aside, the Miata is a good car just not my cup of tea and the FR-S, in my opinion, could use a bit more power. The S2000 with a high revving motor that made 240hp was damn good but what I really want is Nissan to make a S16 Silvia that picks up right where the S15 left off. That SR20 with 250hp/200ft-lb and ~2700lbs was a sweet spot for me.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
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      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        It's like the NSX story, you'll hear about a revival for years, then it'll suddenly get batteries, then it'll show up in movies and commercials, and you still won't see it in a showroom for years if ever.
      justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      this will happen when pigs fly
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless this Honda sports car is not planned for US sales, I doubt it could be any shorter than the 1st-Gen Mazda MX-5 and not much narrower than the current MX-5, because of the need for crush zones to pass the various impact tests required for US and European sales. Whatever Honda may have learned from their next-gen NSX platform development could help keep this proposed car's weight down with the use of aluminum and perhaps even carbon fiber in its structure, while also increasing the car's rigidity to reduce torsional flexing. Given Honda's lack of interest in forced-induction here in the US, I don't think a NA 1.5L VTEC engine would be adequate to provide enough power to make the car competitive with any of its possible competition; the next-gen MX-5 should make 200hp-220hp from a 1.8L-2.0L SkyActiv engine and the FR-S/BRZ/GT86 already makes 200hp, so even tuning the 1.5L engine's power up to 150hp would still make the car underpowered. While the new 2.0L turbo engine from the new European Civic Si with its 280+hp would make any sport car extremely exciting, I've seen no evidence that Honda has any plans to get the engine emissions tested for the US market, let alone use it in any models here in the US. The only viable engine I believe Honda has available for use in the US is their 189hp-201hp NA 2.4L engine (in stock form) and perhaps a very S2000-like 240+hp in tuned form. If this isn't another dead-end rumor, Honda could really turn around its reputation with the Honda faithful by finally giving them the Honda they've been waiting for and worthy of their belief in them.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      First I don't think Honda will do this... But if they do, it could work and be a success. Fiat & MG sold a gang of 850 spiders with 50hp, Midgets with 60hp & Triumph Spitfires 55hp. The common denominator is they were cheap (relatively speaking) and fun. I dare you to try one of. The above cars & not have fun. If you don't, check your pulse-you may be dead. :) Honda could do this..,
      lawman823
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 03 S2000, sorry I sold it.
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