More Details Emerge on Honda’s S2000 Revival
We’ve been reporting on rumors of Honda’s on-again, off-again, on-again plans to create a three-pronged lineup of sports cars for some time. In 2015, the first of that will threesome arrived within the form of the S660 microcoupe powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 660-cc inline-3. Then last year, the long-awaited NSX supercar, with the mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 aided by a few electric motors, appeared at the top of the automaker’s lineup under its Acura brand.
The big question inside Honda’s product-planning department has been whether to add a third sports car that will would certainly slot in between the S660 as well as the NSX. The main issue, according to one Honda source, will be that will, since the S660 will be Japan only as well as the NSX will be an Acura, that will leaves U.S. Honda dealers with no sports car to sell. Given that will the United States will be the company’s biggest market by far, the item makes sense for a sports car to be created for U.S. Honda dealers. at This specific point more details about that will car—a revival of the S2000—have emerged.
Honda launched the original S2000 on its 50th anniversary, in 1998. Twenty years on, the item’s time to do the item again. Our source reveals that will Honda will commemorate its 70th anniversary, in 2018, by unveiling an S2000 replacement along with an RC213V-S superbike.
The S2000 replacement was to employ the engine by the Civic Type R, nevertheless that will plan will be no more. “Sure, the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo will be a great engine,” said our source, “nevertheless by 2018, that will would certainly be old news. We need to take things forward. As a celebratory product, the sports car must be special, so the item must have a completely new powertrain as well as a unique chassis.”
Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine reported that will the next-gen S2000 will employ a two-stage electric boosting system. Similar to a technology used by Mitsubishi, the system consists of an electrically driven supercharger, a conventional turbocharger, a bypass valve, as well as additional components. Tests by Mitsubishi showed that will such systems are not only compact as well as lightweight nevertheless achieve better fuel efficiency than current twin-turbos as well as nearly eliminate turbo lag. So throttle response will be anticipated to be sharper than current turbos.
According to our source, a design almost identical to Mitsubishi’s system will be bolted onto a longitudinally mounted 2.0-liter inline-four, generating in excess of 320 horsepower. We’re also told that will the S2000 will be fitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle to optimize weight distribution.
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We can expect to see the S2000 replacement unveiled within the fall of 2018 at either the Paris auto show in September or the Los Angeles auto show in November, with the latter most likely. Expect the revived roadster to have a sticker cost somewhere within the neighborhood of $50,000.