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PostSubject: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:42 am

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/250623/


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Honda is preparing a dramatic return to sports cars with a small mid-engined, rear-drive successor to the Honda S2000 - and it's likely to be a hybrid.
The car is believed to be a cross between the S2000 roadster, phased out last year, and the original Honda Beat mini-car of 1991. Engineers are said to be working on the car at Honda's R&D centre at Tochigi, north of Tokyo.
See Autocar's artist's rendering of the Honda S2000 replacement, plus the patent drawing application
Honda's design chief, Nobuki Ebisawa, hinted to Autocar late last year that, despite the decision to axe its F1 team and cancel the next-generation NSX, there was a long-term plan to develop a hybrid with greater performance than Honda's only remaining sporty model, the CR-Z.
"That car is only one shape of Honda's hybrid sports cars in the current age," he said.
Proof that the project has since been picked up has emerged in Japanese patent applications. They outline plans for a roadster using a subframe and parts from current cars but adding technology, reducing the kerb weight and cutting production costs. This points to the use of aluminium, a material that Ebisawa has admitted is a likely feature of future models.
The car is expected to be based on a modified version of the Jazz platform.
The patent refers to "an engine being fitted to a centre frame", which means mid-engined and rear-wheel drive. The patent does not outline what type of powerplant would be used, but Honda's current policy rules out a pure combustion engine solution and a hybrid remains the most likely option.
Using a larger petrol engine than the CR-Z's unit - and gearing the electric motor more towards performance than economy - could give the car the sprinting ability to match the S2000's 0-62mph time of 6.0sec, particularly if aluminium is used to reduce the kerb weight.
Mounting the two motors amidships would help to match the weight distribution of the S2000, which, despite having its engine in the front, offered a 50/50 balance. Honda already has the ability to fit a manual transmission alongside a hybrid powertrain, too; the CR-Z uses such a set-up.
Honda's creation is unlikely to appear before 2014, so it will be beaten to market by the next phase of Toyota's sports cars, which includes a small coupe that is due in early 2013.
Known in Japan as "mini-FT-86", the two-door Toyota is based on the rear-drive hot hatchback concept that was shown by GRMN (Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring) at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. It's unlikely to match the Honda's green credentials, though, because its powerplant is almost certain to be a regular 1.5-litre petrol unit.
The full story of the car is in Autocar magazine, on sale tomorrow (Wednesday).
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:48 am

Look forward to seeing this in the future!

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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:51 am

Doesnt look too bad, not overly keen on the front bumper.
Its a little too wide mouthed.

But should be a good little car.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:03 am

Looks a little..dare I say it...like some of the recent peugeot front bumpers but as long as they get the styling right it will all be good!

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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:23 am

nellers2001 wrote:
Looks a little..dare I say it...like some of the recent peugeot front bumpers but as long as they get the styling right it will all be good!

I was going to say exactly the same thing. On first glance, it looks like something by Peugeot.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:49 am

Ive not read all of that but l wish these jap companys would fudge off with all this hybrid sports car crap.

FFS just make us some true old school SPORTS CARS!!!

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Rear clip of an mr2 turbo would have being ideal its taken off in one piece. Remove the body work and your left with an engine/gearbox in the subframe with driveshafts & hubs etc all held together
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:47 pm

I agree with the Hybrid thing, I just read that word and switch off.

Like the look of it though, reminds me more of a Beat than an S2000 but that might just be the colour.
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:20 pm

i don't like that. it looks a bad cross between a saab and a audi Crying or Very sad
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PostSubject: Re: Honda to replace S2000?   Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:58 am

been over the S2K forums a few times...it will sell in america and is made for the american market so it's a big no no from me. As with all hybrids Sad
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