Report – Honda could be planning a new roadster for when it turns 70 image

The 70 years anniversary of the Japanese automaker might turn into a true celebration for fans as well, because the latest rumor flying off the mill talks about a new roadster coming to the market.

It appears the convertible might be powered by a turbo engine and will be manufactured in a select location – the same one that caters for the build of the NSX, in Ohio, the United States. Honda is going to celebrate 70 years in 2018 and fans might rejoice if the rumor pans out and open-air driving enthusiasts will receive a present in tome for the birthday. According to a source that talked to the media, a new roadster – something we’ve been waiting since the S2000 ceased production – is coming, packing inside the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. “Size-wise, it’ll be similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Honda will have a lot more power,” claimed the unnamed insider. It appears the roadster will be sporting a classic layout – front engine and rear wheel drive.

It’s also possible the smaller NSX with a mid engine layout seen in leaked patent images last year would be canned or at least postponed in order to bring forth the roadster project. Just like the NSX, the development, engineering and production duties will be handled in Ohio, with input from the research and development team located in Japan. While Honda hasn’t said anything officially about the model, the rumor mill claims the project has been in development behind closed doors for two years by now, meaning they are half way through completion already.

Via Car and Driver