Honda’s beloved S2000 could be set for a comeback - but new reports suggest it won’t follow the naturally-aspirated roadster formula of the model retired in 2009.
Talk of a new open-top sports car for Honda most recently surfaced in late 2012, when head honcho Takanobu Ito confirmed plans for a new roadster model.
That car has since surfaced as the lightweight and lightly powered S660 that will debut next year, but now Britain’s Auto Express claims that the S2000 badge will return… on a coupe.
Described as “a strong chance” for production, the new coupe would reportedly draw power from the same turbocharged engine that will drive the new ‘CTR’, along with some added hybrid features.
Focused on both performance and efficiency, the hybrid system is understood to have been developed with guidance from McLaren as part of Honda’s revived Formula 1 program with the British outfit.
The report adds that the hybrid system will be a “mild version” of the petrol-electric all-wheel-drive system that will feature in the new NSX, resulting in 0-100km/h times in the neighbourhood of five seconds.
Although production is still to be confirmed, Auto Express claims that the turbocharged S2000 coupe will hit showrooms in 2017, priced at around $60,000 in the UK.