Report: Honda Mulls Bold Answer to Scion FR-S
No matter the country or segment, one-upmanship is built into the DNA of automakers. Whether or not they mention competitors, their actions always refer to a company not present. Honda (NYSE:HMC) is following this classic pattern: a GTChannel report says the automaker is mulling a sporty, lightweight, rear-wheel drive car so affordable it would make people forget Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) Scion FR-S ever existed.
The Scion FR-S, a product of the Toyota 86 project that also yielded the Surbaru BRZ, has garnered quite a reputation for itself in the past few years. Edmunds pointed out that cars modeled after the Porsche (POAHF.PK) Cayman are always welcome among auto enthusiasts, and when the price starts around $25,000 — as the FR-S does — the excitement builds to a frenzy.
Honda’s plan, according to GTChannel’s sources, is to take the happy associations headed the FR-S’s way and channel them into its own little ride, in this case a convertible similar to the celebrated Honda S2000. However, this rear-wheel sports car would be lighter and, at $20,000, much more affordable. The S2000, like the Scion FR-S, had a base model weight around 2,800 pounds; the theoretical new Honda sports car would weigh only 2,000 pounds. Taking this figure into account, the horsepower quote sounds impressive.