What a great time to be a sports car enthusiast! We’ve already had a number of years with the likes of the Subaru BRZ. the Toyota GT86, the latest and greatest Mazda MX-5 offering us thrills and now FIAT are joining the party with the recently announced 124 Spider.
Honda have been absent from this party for a number of years but it is understood that they are planning to make a return with a new Honda S2000.
The new Honda S2000 is said to be currently under development and will slot below the upcoming NSX. According to Autocar the S2000 name will be revived for the model but will offer both 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged units with power going to the rear wheels.
It is also understood that the new Honda S2000 will have a base model that will house the 1.5L turbocharged engine. Reports are that it is set to produced around 180 hp, which will disappoint some as it is almost 60 hp down from the original S2000.
However fear not because Honda will provide the hotter version of the S2000 with a detuned form of the 306 hp 2.0L turbocharged engine that is currently powering the incredible Honda Civic Type R.
In fact it is understood that Honda will even grace the 2.0L engine spec of the Honda S2000 with Type R badging.
The Honda rumourmill is buzzing as it is also understood that patent images suggest that Honda might have a smaller version of the Honda NSX under consideration in addition to the S2000.
The smaller NSX has no name or identity as of yet but the mid-engine car is set to adopt a hybrid powertrain based around the Civic Type R’s engine. The total output of the engine and hybrid system could total around 400hp.
The one thing Honda have been missing from their lineup of late are performance cars but the addition of the Civic Type R and the upcoming NSX seems to have filled the voids somewhat.
The addition of a new S2000 to rival the likes of the Mazda MX-5 appears to be the next step for Honda.