Unfortunately, the latest answer coming out of Japan may not fill Honda fans - or indeed fans of sports cars in general - with feelings of happiness and optimism.
Hot on the heels of the news that Honda is to show a production hybrid sports car - the CR-Z - at October's Tokyo motor show come rumours that the next S2000, due in 2012, will also be a hybrid.
It gets worse. Japanese car mag Best Car is saying that the next-gen hybrid S2000, which will apparently be fitted with the same hybrid diveline due to go into some versions of the Honda Accord, will be front-wheel drive and fitted with a folding hard-top.
Seems like the days of 9000rpm VTECS and simple rear-wheel drive dynamics could be numbered. Let's just hope the rumours are wrong...