Honda Rumored to Bring Back the S2000 as a Mid-Engine Turbocharged Hybrid

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Honda Rumored to Bring Back the S2000 as a Mid-Engine Turbocharged Hybrid

Honda will reportedly bring to market a spiritual successor to the S2000.

The mid-level sports car is part of a three car plan reports AutoExpress and will sit below the upcoming NSX halo model and an entry-level S660 model. All three models will feature a mid-engine layout.

A coupe, rather than a roadster, the reborn S2000 will supposedly make use of both turbocharging and hybrid technology in order to deliver both fuel economy and real performance.

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The engine will be donated from the upcoming Civic Type-R, which will utilize a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and deliver make at least 280 hp. It’s believed that engine output could be increased to up to 350 hp for the new S2000.

Reportedly, it will also make use of hybrid technology developed in conjunction with the McLaren F1 team through some sort of all-wheel drive system – though AutoGuide has reported in the past that McLaren doesn’t foresee its hybrid technology being used on anything other than the million-dollar P1.

The latest rumor of an S2000 successor, even if this report of a mid-engined, AWD, turbocharged hybrid coupe does prove to be true, it’s hard to see how it would have anything in common with the naturally aspirated rear-wheel drive roadster the brand discontinued in 2009.

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[Source: AutoExpress]

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  • hondaplz

    take my money

  • rod

    An s2000 is an inspiring model for Honda ! If you didnt know it was only supposed to be a year or 2 contract . Oh boom everyone wanted one instead of that 50k price tag of that hard top delsol want a be . The s2k is in a class of its own and people type r arent made in the states for a reason ….hybrid or no hybrid , if this gets carried over from some 20 yr old who converted an si to a full blown s2k n civic s are soon in the same chassis with awd oh yes bring it on n please save the heavy undercarage for the scrap yard ! If its a flop just buy an sti or evo gees.If you aint a Honda lover you will be lol Love my Honda!*

  • rod

    50k price tag lexus hard top convertable …edit lol

  • Rickers

    Just give me an original S2000… not this hybrid crap.

  • Honest Abe

    I call BS

  • Tim

    Dude, the hybrid power is where its at. Yeah, maybe it adds a little weight, but they can pump up the horsepower AND the fuel economy. 350 horsepower with 40 MPG? Yes please!!

  • Shiratori90

    *SIGH* Some people are just stuck in the past and can’t let things go………..

    Hopefully this does come to pass. A mid-ship architecture would be pretty awesome.

  • Cody Beisel

    Sounds way to expensive maybe honda should skip this hybrid crap and stick to a raw performance car like the toyobaru twins

  • Shiratori90

    There is NOTHING wrong with hybrid technology in a performance car. The Mclaren P1 is living proof of that.

  • Jeff Snavely

    What an absurd comparison.

  • Shiratori90

    Absurd if you want to ignore reality and the facts, which you are clearly intent on doing.

    Keep on trolling, douche…..

  • danwat1234

    In 10 years the car will probably be rather cheap to buy just like used Priuses now.

  • e90starbai

    There isn’t anything WRONG with hybrid tech. Just that people want this thing at an affordable price point. So far I’ve heard around ~60k… thats not affordable. Hybrid systems add weight and a level of complexity most people dont want in a mid-level sports car. Perhaps this will be the first to bring it down to the masses. Personally I want something I can tinker with myself. Hybrid tech is awesome in performance applications, there is no argument there, but I’m fine with leaving that to the high end sports cars. That means it belongs on an NSX… not an S2000.

    Oh and PS… I love the idea of this car. I think its amazing if they pull it off… however… it has no business being called an S2000…

    Build the car, please. But dont call it an S2000. Instead… revive the Prelude name. If you refuse to do that, call it something else altogether. but leave S2000 alone. Its a legendary title for a legendary car. It stands for something… and AWD Turbo Hybrid Coupe isn’t it. No matter how badass it is.

  • Shiratori90

    What a childish and ridiculous mindset. What individuals like yourself need to understand is that THINGS CHANGE (THEY CAN’T ALWAYS STAY THE SAME FOREVER). Honda should be APPLAUDED for looking into and considering new things, as opposed to being booed because they are not massaging some BS nostalgia/purity/anti-technology complex that certain boy racer individuals have. If you want to perpetually live in “the good old days” just buy a used S2000 and drive it for the rest of your life (allow others who aren’t tech luddites to enjoy the advancement).

  • herpaherpistan

    Some of us just appreciate purity in automotive design and performance. I’m far from a luddite (I’m a computer technician by trade and one of my main hobbies is building high end liquid cooled personal computers and servers) but I’ll always prefer simpler automotive designs to the tech-laden, detached experience of many of today’s cars. Imo the S2000 will never get dated… I will always enjoy the purity and performance of the high revving naturally aspirated motor and excellent manual gearbox. I can’t say the same for some complex hybrid. I can imagine how dated they will seem in 20 years once its drive train and computer systems become ancient technology. I doubt hybrids will ever truly be classics in the eyes of enthusiasts.

  • Shiratori90

    You are just afraid and opposed to change. That’s all. There is NOTHING wrong with hybrids or a hybrid sports car.

  • danwat1234

    All cars are complex these days with no room under the hood, even ones that don’t have an electric motor.

  • Jeff Snavely

    Looks like they learned nothing from the CR-Z.

  • Shiratori90

    Guess you missed the Mid-engine and TURBO portion of the article. The anti-hybrid BS is simply that: BS that is unplugged from reality and is representative of people who are stuck in the past and can’t let things go.

  • Jeff Snavely

    I miss nothing.

    Your inability to accept others reality is your own failing, not theirs.

    Hybrids exist to allow people who couldn’t care less about the environment the opportunity to pretend like they do. They’re made for the people who are going to replace their cars every couple of years to keep their neighbors impressed. As I said, couldn’t care less about the environment.

    Next, may be you’ll enlighten me on how ethanol is “the future” and how I’m a luddite for thinking that using natural gas and petrochemicals to grow corn to burn in our cars isn’t the future. You didn’t think it was a coincidence that both of these stopgap measures rose to prominence at the same time did you? Seriously though, don’t bother. I couldn’t care less.

  • Shiratori90

    Uh huh, uh huh.

    Keep on living in your little fantasy world, troll……

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