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Honda has already axed the S2000.

The tiny CR-Z will carry the "sports" torch for Honda and will be priced from $19k to $25k.

Crosstown rival Toyota goes the conventional route with a RWD sports car which was co-developed with Subaru -- it will be in the same price range as the CR-Z. The production version of the FT-86 is expected to be shown next year.

While Honda has killed plans for its V-10 powered NSX replacement, Toyota just pulled the wraps off its ultra-exclusive Lexus LFA.
Honda is really taking "going green" seriously

The company that brought us small, nimble, sporty, FWD vehicles like the CRX, Prelude, Integra, and RSX is slowly giving in to the green movement. While Honda was content in stepping things up to the next level with the expensive, mid-engined, RWD NSX during the early 90s and the lightweight S2000 roadster later in the decade, those days are coming to an end (the NSX is long gone and the S2000 was recently given the axe).

Honda is now turning almost completely away from performance vehicles and instead intends to “green” its lineup. Going forward, the “sport” end of the spectrum for Honda will be relegated to the Civic Si and the upcoming CR-Z hybrid. The CR-Z uses the hybrid powertrain from the Civic Hybrid/Insight and pairs it with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 161-inch vehicle is expected to be priced from $19,000 to $25,000.

While Toyota plans to wow gear heads with money to spend with the $375,000 V-10 powered limited production (500 units worldwide total) Lexus LFA super car and the much cheaper, RWD FT-86 sports car; Honda has cancelled the V-10-powered replacement for the NSX. According to Temple of VTEC, Honda has no plans to introduce another sports car to the market unless it can incorporate hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen technology.

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito told Temple of VTEC, “Once we come up with these new, innovative technologies that we are researching - once we have (an) abundance of cash on hand - I would definitely love to see Honda develop a sports car which would symbolize these technologies. And, once that day comes, the sportscar will NOT be something like Toyota announced yesterday, but instead it will be environmentally friendly (while) at the same time enjoying outstanding performance. I'd love to do that."

In other news, Honda has also cancelled plans to bring a diesel engine to the U.S for its Accord sedan due to cost issues. The Accord was to have an optional 2.2-liter i-CTDi 4-cylinder Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel engine which produces 150 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine would have also given the Accord an overall fuel economy rating of about 40 mpg. Also cancelled are plans for a larger 3.5-liter V6 diesel engine which was destined to go into Honda's large vehicles which include the Odyssey, Pilot, and Ridgeline. The diesel engine was supposed to give these vehicles a 30 increase in fuel economy.

While Honda has made an effort to embrace all-electric vehicles with the recently showcased EV-N concept, Honda's CEO continues to state that hydrogen is the future for consumer vehicles.

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By marsbound2024 on 10/23/2009 12:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
Personally, I am quite pleased with my 2009 Honda Accord coupe. It has a classy look with a hint of sporty to it. It's no 350Z/370Z nor even is it like Toyota's concept aforementioned in the article, but it pleases me enough. Also, it gets good fuel economy and is rated as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.

So they should have the "green" part already down pat. They should be able to make a sporty car that is green and looks nice. I am sure they could design a small six cylinder engine and make the car light enough so that its fuel economy averages in the mid 20s. Then all they have to do is craft a nice shell for that sporty look and you have a beautiful looking car with fun-to-driveability all for under say $25,000-$27,000. If they don't go the small V6 route, then just put a big four cylinder like a 2.4 or 2.5 liter with a small bodied car like the Civic. The Accord is rather large even in the coupe style and this--along with the four cylinder engine I have--attributes to the average acceleration I think. Of course the Accord coupe comes in a V6 flavor but it is around $30,000 and gets less fuel economy. Personally, at the $30k price range I would be starting to look at the entry level BMWs or the 370Z (if I have enough money to happily spend $30,000 comfortably then I'm not going to care much if it gets less gas mileage).

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