Honda postpones roadster replacement but boosts current car
Not long after ditching its F1 team and canceling the new NSX supercar, Honda has called time on several more of its less mainstream models. A convertible version of the CR-Z hybrid is no more, while Acura badged rivals for the BMW 3, 5 and 7-series could be cancelled too. The biggest loss for us though is the S2000 roadster, which is set to cease production this year with no new model or replacement to step into its shoes.
In the meantime, though, Honda is gracing the Tokyo Auto Salon with a bunch of Sports Modulo concepts. Essentially tweaked and body kitted versions of its existing range (its Japanese Domestic Market ones, at that) it is nonetheless a brighter bit of news from Japan.
The S2000 Sports Modulo (main picture) gets a neat exterior bodykit, some funkier lights (including the obligitory LEDs) and a luxury brown leather and carbon fibre-clad interior. No news on if there's any performance tweaks to the standard car's 237bhp 2-litre yet.
Among the other models gaining Sports Modulo attention are the JDM Civic Type-R (our preferred flavour of hot Honda) which is pictured here in Championship White while the Jazz supermini (the amusingly named Fit in the Far East) has been Tangoed inside and out for the Tokyo show. Again, no word on performance or whether any of the tweaks will filter down to production Hondas, but we'd advise crossing your fingers.
Read our review of the Honda Civic Mugen RR, one of the very best modified Hondas.