Honda Source: Smaller, Lighter S2000 Replacement in Works

George Kennedy

When the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ hit the scene, we rejoiced. Not only because the car is a dream to drive and toss around a track, but because there was the promise that it could spark a resurgence in the compact sportscar market. Well if rumors are to be believed, Honda might be joining in on the fun.

PHOTOS: See more of the Honda S2000

According to, an unnamed Honda official has stated that the Japanese automaker is seriously considering a new, small, RWD sportscar. It would be the first of its kind since the amazing Honda S2000 drove off into the sunset after the 2009 model year.

Honda N-ONE Concept

But the new roadster would be smaller and run a smaller engine. Potential powerplants could be a 1.3-liter, or the 1.4-liter from the Honda Fit, which makes 132 horsepower. But with a potential curb weight of only 2000 pounds, and equipped with a 5-speed manual, it would be an ideal runabout– even smaller than the Mazda Miata!

 PHOTOS: See more of the Honda N-ONE

According to the report, the design is supposed to take cues from the N-ONE hatchback. An artist has conceptualized those cues, grafted to a roadster body style in the above photo. We’ll know for sure what this vehicle looks like when it takes true shape some time in 2015 or 2016.

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