Kez Casey | Feb 1, 2017

A reborn version of the iconic Honda S2000 roadster looks to be moving closer to reality, with latest reports suggesting that a twin-charged 2.0-litre engine could be under development to power the new model.

Persistent rumours of a sports car designed to slot in between the Japan-only S660 roadster and supercar-rivalling NSX aren’t new, but according to Car and Driver details of the compact sports car have emerged from Japan.

The S2000 is set to arrive in 2018, just in time to celebrate Honda’s 70th anniversary - just as the original S2000 was created by Honda as a 50th birthday present to itself.

2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition
2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

The new S2000 will be specifically targeted at the North American market where the NSX is sold under the Acura brand, in an attempt to give Honda a sporty but more accessible halo model of its own.

To distance the S2000 from the Civic Type R hatch a new high-output four-cylinder engine is under development with Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine reporting that a conventional turbocharger will be joined by an electric supercharger system originally developed by Mitsubishi.

Honda Civic Type-R hatch
Honda Civic Type-R hatch

Targeted outputs for the new engine are in excess of 240kW, not a wide leap ahead of the 228kW output of the recently discontinued ninth generation Civic Type R but reduced turbo lag, increased torque, and a lower kerb weight should translate to more eager performance.

Expect an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to take the place of the previous S2000’s traditional six-speed manual, resulting in faster shift times and uninterrupted performance, though enthusiasts may lament the lack of a proper manual.

The first public look at the new S2000 is still some time away, with a late 2018 debut showing at either the Paris Motor Show or LA Auto Show of that year most likely.

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