Honda Plots Trio of Mid-Engine Sports Cars: Report

Honda is looking to build off the excitement of its Civic Type R and NSX models.

According to a recent report from Motoring, Honda is looking to offer a trio of mid-engine sports cars, starting with the S1000, moving up to the S2000 and finally topping out with the NSX.

Last year, we reported rumors that Honda was considering bringing back the S2000 as a mid-engine, turbocharged hybrid model and it appears that’s still in the works. The Japanese automaker has some new sports-focused models in the pipeline and the company isn’t looking to let off the gas pedal just yet.

The small S660 sports coupe is now arriving at Japan dealerships and it is being reported that Honda is looking into a more powerful S1000 model with a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine that may come to North America. That model would take on the Scion FR-S, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Fiat 124, while a born-again S2000 would be the candidate to compete against the Porsche Cayman, Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Nissan 370Z. Of course, the NSX sits atop the range to compete with supercars like the Audi R8.

Rumor has it that Honda is evaluating a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for the new S2000, but also on the table is a more efficient 1.5-liter turbocharged engine mated to an electric motor for a hybrid powertrain good for at least 300 hp.

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