There were many rumors of Honda’s plans to create a three-pronged lineup of sports cars. In 2015, the first car of that threesome arrived in the form of the S660 micro coupe that was powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 660-cc inline-3. In 2016, the NSX supercar appeared at the top of the automaker’s lineup featuring a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 aided by a few electric motors.
The big question was whether Honda should add a third sports car that would fit in between the NSX and S660. The S660 is in Japan only and the NSX is an Acura, so the U.S. Honda dealers are left no sports car to sell. It’s not questionable that the United States is the company’s biggest market by far, so it is logical that a new sports car should be created for U.S. Honda dealers. Now more details about that car have emerged.
In 1998, Honda launched the original S2000 on its 50th anniversary. Twenty years on, the times has come for them to do that again. According to some rumors, Honda will celebrate its 70th anniversary, in 2018, by unveiling an S2000 replacement together with an RC213V-S superbike.
The initial plan was that the S2000 replacement would be featuring the engine from the Civic Type R, but not anymore. According to Honda, the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbo is a great engine, but the thing is that by 2018, that would be old news. They feel the need to take things forward. As a commemorative model, the sports car must be special, meaning it must have a unique chassis and a new powertrain.
The next-generation S2000 will employ a two-stage electric boosting system as the Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine reported. The system consists of a conventional turbocharger, an electrically driven supercharger, a bypass valve, and some other components. Such systems proved benefits not only in the lightweight and compact but in better fuel efficiency than current twin-turbos. They nearly eliminate turbo lag as well. So throttle response is expected to be sharper than present turbos.
According to some sources, a system very similar to the one of Mitsubishi will be bolted onto a longitudinally mounted 2.0-liter inline four, providing an excess of 320 horsepower. Additionally, the S2000 will be featuring an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transaxle to optimize weight distribution.
We can expect to see the S2000 replacement unveiled in September 2018 at the Paris auto show or at the Los Angeles auto show in November. The revived roadster will cost around $50,000.