Report: Revived Honda S2000 to Target Mazda MX-5 Miata
Will likely use new turbo VTEC four-cylinder.
Honda will revive the S2000 nameplate for a new two-seat, rear-wheel-drive roadster within the next few years, according to Autocar. Smaller, lighter, and more affordable than the last S2000 which ended its production run in 2009, this new model reportedly sets its sights on the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
This isn't the first we've heard about a new Honda sports car, but earlier reports speculated that the company's next enthusiast model would be a mid-engine "baby NSX" coupe with possible hybrid power. Autocar says that Honda is instead prioritizing development of this less expensive front-engine roadster because of a potential for greater sales numbers.
A few different engines are in consideration for the new Honda S2000, including the 1.5-liter turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder that makes 174 hp and 164 lb-ft in the 2016 Honda Civic. This would give it more power than the 155-hp Mazda MX-5 Miata and 160-hp Fiat 124 Spider, and Honda will apparently price the S2000 a bit higher than its closest rivals, with a possible starting price around $30,000. Autocar even speculates that this roadster could wear an Acura badge in the U.S., giving the luxury brand competition for cars like the BMW Z4 and Audi TT.
The revived Honda S2000 may also receive a more powerful, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to create a Type R high-performance variant. Though it probably wouldn't make as much power as the 306-hp Civic Type R, this hotted-up version would feature a stiffer suspension and a limited-slip differential, along with the expected visual tweaks.
Stay tuned for more news on Honda's future sports car plans to see if the exciting promise of another S2000 comes to fruition.