Do you remember the Honda S2000 Roadster that debuted in 1998? Well, rumor has it that Honda is set to bring it back. Honda is facing pressure from dealers and enthusiasts to offer a more excitement and dynamism in its lineup, particularly in the US. This comes after the Japanese automaker failed to bring the S660 to North America, terming it as too small for the market. According to rumors, the pressure to bring an affordable sports car with a retractable hardtop has been immense forcing the automaker to rethink its strategy. The 2018 Honda S2000 is seen as one of the best options as it was a huge hit back in its days.
Rumor has it that the S2000 will be released as a 2018 model and part of its 70th anniversary celebrations. This will come exactly 20 years after the model as unveiled to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. The new S2000 will be the size of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. As of this writing, most information about this model is pure rumors but as it is said, where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire and chances of the S2000 showing up are very high. Read along to find out what we have managed to gather from the ongoing rumors:
2018 Honda S2000 Exterior
We don’t know what the S2000 will look like but we believe it will borrow much from three cars. First, the model will borrow some cues from the original S2000 and then adopt some modern cues from the S660 and the Precision Concept.
Most rumors, however, argue that the model will be a longer version of the S660. As of now, the automaker does not have a dedicated compact sports car platform to base the model. Building a platform for a single car is usually expensive and Honda has first to ascertain that there is a good enough market.
This means, if the model will be built, it will be built from scratch with a standalone platform. As for its weight, the model will be very light and is estimated to weigh around 2,900 lbs.
2018 Honda S2000 Interior
The cabin will be designed to offer quality features that compete with its rivals. Expect a quality infotainment system with a large display mounted on the dash. Since the vehicle is targeted to young adults, it will carry a premium sounds system enough to satisfy any audiophile.
Connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi which enable Smartphone integration will be offered. As for the seats, the front seats will likely be bucket seats which offer improved support when rushing along the highways in double digit speed. The rear will have constrained legroom and headroom due to its small wheelbase and overall length.
There is no official information about potential engines. However, rumor mills argue that the automaker will use a hybrid drive-train that will power the rear wheels. The drive-train being talked about is a 2.0 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with a rear-mounted electric motor as well as two front electric motors just like the Acura Precision Concept that Honda showcased at the recent Detroit Auto Show.
The combination is expected to produce around 200 hp. Due to its aerodynamic body and light curb weight, the model is expected to have a fast acceleration speed. It will also have impressive fuel economy.
Price and release date
According to rumors, if the model will be produced, it will be availed in time for the 70th anniversary celebrations in 2018. As for the price, it is difficult to estimate due to the fact that the last units of the model were sold over a decade ago. However, the S2000 will be strategically priced to compete with its rivals. As such, expect its price to start at around $ 25,000 or less.
If Honda decides to produce the model, the new 2018 Honda S2000 Roadster will add a dose of excitement to Honda’s lineup as well as make things exciting in the cheap sports cars segment. This segment is currently dominated by Subaru and Toyota with the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins and the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.