Honda gifts itself new S2000 roadster for 70th birthday
A company insider has revealed that Honda is going to launch a second-generation S2000 roadster for the firm’s 70th anniversary in 2018. All hype or a genuine possibility?
It went out of production back in 2009, but Honda is reportedly going to revive the much vaunted S2000 roadster for the company’s 70th anniversary in 2018.
While some of you will be sitting with a raised eyebrow and a pessimistic outlook, it’s not actually that outrageous a story. That’s because the original S2000 was revealed in 1998 for Honda’s 50th birthday.
Previous S2000 rumours have always talked about a roadster with a mid-mounted four-cylinder engine, all-wheel-drive, and some form of electrification. However, this new report seems to contradict most of that, so what will actually roll off the production line is anyone’s guess at the moment.
According to the Honda insider who spoke with Car & Driver, the revamped S2000 will ship with a detuned version of the Civic Type-R’s turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. It will sit in the front of the car and power the rear wheels only. Right now there’s no talk about whether it will be electrified.
Even though we don’t know anything about the power specs, ‘detuned’ suggests that the S2000 will produce less than 310-horsepower. We do know, however, that it will be offered as a rival to the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 124 Spider.
The Car and Driver report also says that development has already started: “A large complement of R&D staff from Japan are already in Ohio working on the car. They have more time now that the NSX is finished,” the insider said.
There’s still no official word from Honda yet either way, so we’ll have to wait and see if the rumours are indeed true, or just more hype. If it does come to fruition, though, we should probably expect to see the S2000 debut at a large motoring show sometime in 2018, with a view to being sold shortly after as a 2019 model.
Finally, if it’s going to stand a chance of luring buyers away from Mazda showrooms, the new S2000 will need to be priced competitively – around $25,000 would be a good estimate.
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