Affordable, lightweight Honda roadster revival in the works?

From AB
There's a joke phrase from a popular movie that gets tossed around the Autoblog offices when ever a big change or announcement is coming:
"Hold on to your butts." It's usually accompanied by a video of Samuel L. Jackson. That's the advice we'd recommend for reading this article. GTChannel is reporting that a new, small, lightweight, quick successor to the Honda S2000 is being "seriously considered."
Citing an unnamed source within the Japanese automaker, GTChannel goes on to list a few interesting tidbits about the new vehicle. From the sounds of it, though, if Honda is planning a new roadster, it's in the absolute earliest stages of development.
What's apparently being discussed is a car that's smaller than a Mazda MX-5, in terms of its dimensions. Under hood would be a VTEC engine, displacing anywhere from 1.3 to 1.5 liters, with GT Channel making the apt suggestion that the 1.5-liter, 132-horsepower mill from the Honda Fit could make its way into the new roadster. Curb weight would be in the realm of 2,000 pounds, which would make a 130-odd-hp engine seem absolutely heroic. Rear-wheel drive would be a given, although we aren't sure about the site's suggestion that a five-speed manual will be on offer. Styling could draw from the N-One, a popular, Honda-badged kei car.
As if this isn't all sounding too good to be true, the source also claims that Honda is targeting the $20,000 price point. The potential MX-5/Toyobaru fighter could be ready by 2015 or 2016. Now, we've checked our calendars, and April 1 is still over seven months away, but we'd still advise you take this with a rather large grain(s) of salt. Rumors of a new Honda roadster have appeared and disappeared with tide-like regularity since the moment the S2000 died, and none of them have come to pass. The NSX revival was followed by nearly a decade of will-they, won't-they rumors and telephone-game whispers before Honda actually buckled down and built something. It seems like the same thing could be happening here.
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On Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:37:08 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@gmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid (MummyChunk) wrote:

Yah, tell me about the NSX when they go on sale.
CAN Honda or anyone build a 2,000 pound car that will pass US safety regulations? I mean short of a carbon frame?
IF they built something like that, I hope they would also have a hybrid option that added another 30hp all the way up to the top end road speed, that's what Ferrari and Porsche are doing now, and what Honda *almost* tried in the hybrid Accord 6-cylinder of a few years back, of which they sold maybe a dozen copies - the electric boost did not work at speed, did it?
J.
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