Despite Honda’s enthusiast-friendly reputation, the brand’s only sport-oriented model offered in the U.S. these days is the Honda Civic Si. This could change within the next few years, though, as a report from Auto Express speculates that a return of the Honda S2000 sports car may be in the cards.
The report says this reborn S2000 would be a mid-engine coupe, unlike the previous front-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible sold between 1999 and 2009. This would hypothetically complete a future Honda lineup of three mid-engine sports cars, with the rumored compact Honda S660 roadster at the bottom, the new Honda S2000 in the middle, and the upcoming Acura NSX hybrid supercar at the top. AE says there was recently a secretive meeting at Honda’s R&D center in Japan discussing this sports car project, with the result being a strong likelihood for the S2000 being approved.
The rumor is that the new Honda S2000 would go on sale in 2017 for a price of £35,000 (approximately $60,000), a much higher price than the previous Honda S2000, which cost $35,669 during its final model year, 2009. The new car would be much more powerful than before, though, as the report says that the new S2000 could be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s expected to make more than 300 hp in the new Honda Civic Type R. Hybrid technology from Honda’s F1 division is another possibility, as the 2015 Acura NSX supercar is already confirmed to be an all-wheel-drive performance hybrid.
All of this is exciting news for Honda’s U.S. performance stable, which has been lacking since the previous S2000 finished its run in 2009. At a recent Honda event, a U.S. representative also told Automobile that the new Honda Civic Type R may make its way over to the U.S. after the production version debuts for the Japanese and European markets sometime later this year. If both that and the reborn S2000 arrived, we'd once again have a healthy stable of Honda performance cars on our shores.
Stay tuned for more news about this possible Honda S2000 revival and Honda’s expanding lineup of performance-oriented models.