Rumor has it that Honda is currently working to bring back the S2000 sports car. The original model was launched in 1998 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration. Now, the all-new S2000 could arrive for the 2018 MY, just in time to mark Honda’s 70th anniversary. Although previous reports speculated about a mid-engine sports car to join the brand’s lineup, that didn’t come to fruition. In addition to that, the Honda S660 small roadster available in Japan eventually didn’t land in North America. Although detailed specs are still unavailable, the 2018 Honda S2000 will certainly bring a slew of notable innovations. Some of the latest reports hint that the model could make its debut in early 2018.
Design and Features
When it comes to dimensions, expect the brand new S2000 to be similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Interestingly, Honda does not currently have a platform for a rear-wheel drive compact sports car. That basically means that the 2018 Honda S2000 will ride on a unique, dedicated platform. In that sense, it will mimic the S660 mini-coupe and the new Acura NSX supercar. Design-wise, the S2000 will likely be based on Acura’s recent Precision coupe concept. However, expect Honda’s new sports coupe to feature a toned down version of the concept’s bold styling. So, the model could come with an elongated body and an aggressively styled front fascia. The upcoming S2000 is also likely to sport a droppable top. Unfortunately, we are still awaiting more data on the car’s interior to surface in the coming months.
2018 Honda S2000 Engine Department
A reliable report has recently suggested that the S2000 could get a detuned variant of the Civic Type R’s engine.This turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder currently produces 306 horsepower in the Type R. As the S2000’s curb weight should measure less than 2,900 pounds, we expect it to offer an outstanding driving experience. According to some sources, the 2018 Honda S2000 could adopt a hybrid drivetrain as well. In that case, it would probably feature the same rear-drive platform and gas-electric system showcased in the Precision concept.
The Honda S2000 2018 will be built at the automaker’s performance center in Ohio that produces the NSX supercar. Needless to say, Honda enthusiasts from all around the world will be eagerly anticipating its arrival. We will be happy to share new reports on this intriguing car as soon as they hit the web.