“Hey guys, I wanna play, too!”
We’ve all had that one friend. That one guy who isn’t interested in playing until he realizes all the others are having the time of their lives, and suddenly he feels left out and wants to jump right in like he’s always been there.
Sometimes the late kid blossoms and becomes the star, while other times he just never catches up and languishes until he gives up.
In the world of inexpensive rear-wheel-drive sports cars, Honda appears to be the late kid.
Toyota and Subaru teamed up to bring us the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ sports coupes at a time when most other automakers weren’t interested in playing that game. They joined Mazda and the MX-5 Miata to cater to the sports coupe/roadster crowd and quickly began to enjoy glowing reviews and increased sales.
It’s a game Honda played in the past, but the S2000 roadster took its ball and went home when sales dipped below Honda’s acceptable level.
Having watched its Japanese competition reap the rewards of a segment Honda helped define, the company may consider an S2000 replacement.
These are simply rumors at this stage, but some sources say Honda is considering a new roadster that would be smaller than the MX-5. Power could come from a 1.3- or 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder VTEC engine outputting somewhere around 130 hp. Yes, that’s an itty-bity motor, but the car would only weigh about 2,000 pounds. With RWD and a 5-speed manual gearbox, this has all kinds of wonderful written all over it. The best part? The target price would be around $20,000.
Of course, Toyota set a similar price goal, only to come in closer to $27,000, so let’s not get ourselves too excited just yet.
The original S2000 was, and remains, a terrific little roadster. Search the used market and find one that hasn’t been abused, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money. Had Honda kept it in the game all these years, that’s the car the FR-S and BRZ would be chasing today.
Should Honda build a replacement for the S2000?