The original S2000 is one of the most beloved roadsters ever made. Even though the car was not the most powerful or efficient, it provided one of the best driving experiences around. The engine was raw, the chassis was perfect and the interior was a driver-focused cabin. Unfortunately it has been discontinued a while ago and Honda decided not to replace it with a new model. It seems though that this may change in the near future. Rumors say that Japanese manufacturer may release a successor for the S2000 to mark their 70th anniversary. The car would hit the market as the 2018 Honda S2000 and it would be one of their first new models in years.
It is worth mentioning that the car has not been confirmed as of now. However, a Honda spokesperson did say that US dealers want a manual sports car that would cost right around $20,000. This person also said that dealers usually want that, so there is still no certainty about this statement. Not that long ago some inside sources also suggested the possibility of a new car from Honda and it seems this may be the S2000. The production model will likely cost in the ballpark of $30,000 and like before, it will be a two-door, two-seats roadster. The release will likely happen closer to the end of 2018 which would allow Honda to offer a nearly perfect experience.
2018 Honda s2000 – How it will look?
Like you would expect from a rumor, there is not much in terms of official renders of pictures. However, from Honda’s latest models it is quite clear where are they going. Even though this is not official, it seems that the 2018 Honda S2000 will borrow quite a bit from the NSX. The two would be quite different from their other models. The S2000 is expected to get the same front end as the NSX which would be quite interesting. However, it will be narrower, taller and likely shorter as well. The S2000 should have a long hood, just like the original, but this time around with a much more modern design.
Most rumors suggest that the upcoming S2000 will follow the original closely. However, things will likely be more interesting than just that. We expect Honda to go for a modern-classic feel, similar to what some of the more expensive super-cars feature. For example, expect a dashboard with a minimal amount of buttons but with a large center screen that will be the center for everything. The driving position will be quite low and the instrument cluster will more than likely be fully digital.
The engine and Transmission
The most important feature of the 2018 Honda S2000 is going to be what can be found under the hood. The original had a 2 liter naturally aspirated mill which provided its torque all the way up to more than 6,000 rpm. This new generation will be nothing like that. While the engine will still have VTEC, it will not be naturally aspirated. So far it seems that the car will make use of a 2 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine. This has been first used on the new Type R where it makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
A six speed manual is the most likely transmission to be fitted to the new S2000. There are some interesting rumors about the 2 liter engine though. It seems that the version that will power the S2000 will have a lower output than that in the Civic Type R. Despite that, thanks to the rear wheel drive setup and lower weight, the car will likely be faster than the hatchback.