The previous S2000 was canned in 2009 after a decade on the market and following a rethink from Honda about its overall line-up, but it now appears the Japanese carmaker is no longer content to watch its rivals take the spoils.
The UK’s Autocar says unnamed company insiders have given the word that a new S2000 is in the works.
The news supports an earlier report from October which also claimed the S2000 was to return (with hybrid power), and patent images revealed mid-year (although mid-engined in appearance) would appear to strengthen the argument that a new model is near.
Honda fans at an S2000 Owner’s Club event in the UK reported the presence of Honda representatives who appeared to be gathering thoughts on what a new S2000 should offer.
Naturally, a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive roadster matched with a six-speed manual gearbox to follow the successful formula of the previous S2000 and its Mazda MX-5 rival was the order of the day. The incoming 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine could be the ideal powerplant.
Like the MX-5, a 2.0 litre version with an engine borrowed from the Civic Type R could also be on the cards, perhaps to be called the ‘S2000 Type R’ to trade off the successful Type R name.
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