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Honda Close to Giving Go to “Baby NSX”

Smaller hybrid sports car would carry Honda v Acura badge.

by on Jun.22, 2015

The NSX is reborn as hybrid supercar, and now its expected a "Baby NSX" will be the replacement for the Honda S2000.

Even before the reborn Acura NSX rolls into showrooms, Honda Motor Co. is working up a downsized version of the hybrid sports car, this one planned for the flagship Honda brand.

The so-called “Baby NSX” would serve as a replacement for the old Honda S2000, according to several insiders, and would take aim against such competitors as the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Like the NSX, the new model is expected to use a drivetrain blending an internal combustion engine and three electric motors, and a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber would help hold the weight down. With development just getting underway, the new model isn’t expected to reach showrooms for at least three years. (more…)

First Look: 2010 Mazda Miata

by on Feb.13, 2009

2010 Mazda Miata: 20 years later

2010 Mazda Miata: 20 years later

“It was 20 years ago, today…” or so the Beatles might have been saying if they were in hand at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show to celebrate two decades of the Mazda Miata.

It’s hard to recall how much has changed since the first of those little roadsters rolled into the Windy City, for the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. The Berlin Wall had yet to fall. The first George Bush was in the White House. And as far as Conventional Wisdom was concerned, the 2-seat sports car was effectively dead

So, when Mazda pulled the wraps off the first Miata,” It was considered a fad,” and one not likely to gain much traction, says Mazda North America’s CEO, Jim O’Sullivan, who served as master of ceremonies for the launch of the 2010 Mazda Miata. And with 900,000 of the roadsters sold, over the last 20 years, O’Sullivan seemed confident the Miata will be around for a little longer.


Honda S2000 drives off into the sunset

Follows decision to scrub new NSX supercar

by on Jan.26, 2009

Honda's S2000 is ready to drive off

Honda's S2000 is ready to drive off

Wrapping up a 10-year run, Honda’s S2000 roadster will drove off into the automotive sunset at the end of the 2009 model-year. The announcement follows the Japanese automaker’s decision to scrub the launch of an all-new NSX supercar.

Hailed by some, hated by others, the S2000 was a high-revving 2-seater that was originally intended as a short-run celebration of Honda’s 50th anniversary. It became notably popular on the local motor sports circuit, especially after the introduction of the S2000 CR – or club racer – edition.

“The S2000 is a sports car designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., in a prepared release. “It raised the bar for all future roadsters, and it’s already considered a classic by many Honda fans.”