A new rumor has emerged, claiming that Honda is planning to revive its S2000 sports car to compete with the Mazda MX-5.
According to Autocar, Honda is already developing the new S2000 and the brand recently sent some of its engineers to an S2000 owners’ club event to gather information from the enthusiasts there on how to best position the new car.
The reborn S2000 will remain a front-engine rear-wheel drive sports car, though power is said to be down compared to the second generation S2000, matching up more closely with the new Mazda MX-5. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is said to be the source of the car’s power, making somewhere around 180 hp.
A hotter version of the new S2000 using the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is also a possibility, though it would probably be detuned from the Civic’s 306 hp. Every model of the new S2000 will likely use a six-speed manual transmission.
The biggest roadblock in the development of the new S2000 is the lack of a donor platform, which means Honda would have to design something brand new. According to the report, the car may come to the US wearing an Acura badge.
Patent filings for a smaller, mid-engine NSX sports car were rumored to show off the next S2000, but this report refutes that, saying that Honda still plans to build its baby NSX. For now though, the S2000 is top priority.
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