2018 will see Honda celebrate its 70th anniversary and rumours are circulating that they may be lining up a new version of the S2000 roadster for the occasion.
This is especially great news as the new S660 roadster is currently only being sold in Honda’s homeland of Japan.
The S2000 is a classic Honda model and a great way to showcase its longevity. In fact, they unveiled the original S2000 to mark their 50th anniversary, so it would be a nice way to show how far they have come in the last 20 years.
The original model came to be revered for its strong powertrain and lively handling, although production stopped in 2009 after a second generation was launched in 2004.
But the S2000 has a dedicated fanbase, and Honda representatives were spotted at a recent owner’s club event here in the UK which suggests they’re consulting with enthusiasts on the car’s design.
While a new S2000 was initially rumoured for 2017, the word from the rumour mill now is that Honda will be releasing the new model along with a motorbike, possibly based on the RC213V-S.
According to a source at Car and Driver, the S2000 will be of a similar size to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but with a lot more power.
It’s also been reported that the new model will weigh below 1315kg, and will come with a tuned down version of the Civic Type R 2.0 litre turbocharged 306 HP engine under the hood.
While some may point out that Honda does not feature a platform for a new roadster, it should be remembered that the NSX sports car and S660 roadster both came out without a dedicated platform for either of them.
There’s no word yet on if, like the NSX, the new roadster will come with a hybrid variant.
Honda showcased their Acura Precision Concept at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, which could be a lead to the anniversary roadster.
We look forward to seeing if there’s any truth to these rumours and in the meantime if you’re in need of any replacements for your current S2000, check out our selection here at Cox Motor Parts.