Honda’s sports car resurgence could include new S2000

Posted on 10 Jan 2016 by Cobey Bartels

Following Honda's reemergence into the sports car sector with the radical new NSX and 'baby NSX', enthusiasts have been left without a true front-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car from the Japanese automaker.

In response to this, Honda may bring back the iconic S2000, after production of the popular sports car stopped in 2009.

With Mazda’s new ND MX5 has gained the hearts of motoring enthusiasts and Fiat producing a new 124 Spider, Honda’s S2000 will provide a level of competition.

An engine variant has not yet been revealed, however the upcoming 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, featuring Honda’s famous VTEC, could be on the cards. If the 1.5-litre engine is used, with its 180HP, the S2000 will come out on top of both the Fiat and Mazda for power figures.

As is the case with many of Honda’s sports cars, a more rapid ‘Type R’ could be offered as a premium option.

Honda’s new performance offerings don’t feature a rear-wheel drive drivetrain, so the S2000 is likely to be based on an entirely new chassis.

According to reports, global boss of Honda, Takahiro Hachigo commented: “We are receiving requests from our regions who are saying they would like more sports cars, so we are considering ways to do that.”