The Japanese automaker and its luxury division have made lots of fans happy with the reintroduction of the NSX supercar, so it appears Honda is looking to ride the wave and might revive the S2000 sports car as well.
Rumors about a possible resurgence of the S2000 have been flying around the rumor mill since way back in June 2015, when a host of patent images appeared on the Internet showcasing a possible mid-engine Honda/Acura sports car. Now there are additional details coming from Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine indicating the automaker is looking to create a three-model sports car lineup: the very small S660 and the NSX supercar are already here, so there’s one more spot in the middle for the S2000 revival (pictured in speculative render). All clues point to a 2018 launch to celebrate Honda’s seventh decade and also 20 years since the original S2000 roadster was born.
Apparently early plans were for the model to use the Civic Type R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine, now it seems the sports car is getting much more interesting, with a “unique chassis” and a different powertrain. A new turbocharged gasoline engine would be used, with an electrically driven supercharger, and the mid-engine sports car would boast more than 320 horsepower (238 kilowatts) sent to the road via an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Via Car & Driver