Next Honda S2000 likely to get boosted engine

Next Honda S2000 likely to get boosted engine

Widely-revered S2000 to make a comeback with 320-horsepower engine and zero turbo lag.

The United States is Honda’s biggest market by far. It makes sense, therefore, that the Japanese firm would create an appealing sports car for US-based Honda dealers to sell, right? The problem, though, is that one doesn’t exist – something that Honda is actively looking to rectify.

At present, Honda’s sports car line-up only features two vehicles: the S660 and the NSX supercar. But with the former only available in Japan and the latter badged an Acura, Honda USA has been hankering for one of its own to sell.

Hopefully, according to a report from Car and Driver, Honda is going to revive a firm fan favourite – the S2000.

First launched in 1998 on Honda’s 50th anniversary, the S2000 was everything sports car enthusiasts wanted. It left a void when it disappeared from the market in 2009, a void that Honda is looking to fill as early as 2018 – which is coincidentally Honda’s 70th anniversary.

The S2000 replacement was originally supposed to utilise the engine from the Civic Type R, but that plan has seemingly fallen by the wayside.

“Sure, the Type R’s 2.0-litre turbo is a great engine,” said Car and Driver‘s source, “but by 2018, that would be old news. We need to take things forward. As a celebratory model, the sports car must be special, so it must have a new powertrain and a unique chassis.”

Instead, the new S2000 will come equipped with an advanced 2.0-litre VTEC engine which features both a conventional turbo and a new electric-driven supercharger. As a result, it will boast around 320-horsepower, suffer zero lag and have similar throttle response to a normally aspirated engine.

Fuel economy and emissions will also be considerably lower.

The next S2000 will keep its rear-wheel drive setup and come with an ideal 50:50 weight distribution, thanks to an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s packaged in a rear transaxle.

Prices are likely to begin at around US$50,000 (AUD$65,000).

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