Honda is thinking about the return of the S2000 roadster again

Honda is thinking about the return of the S2000 roadster again

December 1, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The model can be “relaunched” for its 25th anniversary

According to Forbes, Honda executives are seriously considering a return to the S2000 roadster lineup. The rear-wheel drive sports car, which has received the status of a cult model, may be reborn exactly in time for its 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in 2024.

Forbes cites sources close to Honda. They argue that the marketing department of the Japanese brand plans to organize a “relaunch” of the model for its 25th anniversary, that is, to premiere in 2024. Of course, there is no new information about the car – only a few details are known. Thus, the roadster will retain the proportions of its predecessor. The exterior will become more modern, and there will be more aluminum and even carbon fiber in the design. Lightweight materials will keep the weight within 1360 kilograms (the heaviest S2000 previously weighed 1299 kg), which is good for dynamics and handling.

But the most interesting thing is, of course, the engine. Instead of “aspirated” 2.2 (241–242 hp; 220–221 Nm), the new Honda S2000 will receive a turbo engine from the Civic Type R. The unit of the VTEC Turbo family on the hatchback produces 320 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque, but for a roadster its output can bring up to 350 hp. Interestingly, the same information surfaced in 2014, and then the S2000 was called a hybrid with acceleration to 100 km/h in less than five seconds. The new roadster was expected in 2017 – it was supposed to join the NSX and the S660 – but the car was never shown.

But in December 2019, Honda brought the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype to the Tokyo Auto Salon. The prototype was built on the basis of the serial roadster of 2009 and equipped with a special set of components. It includes a new bumper, suspension elements and an audio system.