Honda-S2000

Enthusiasts will be praying that there’s truth in this. Autocar reports that Honda is developing a new S2000 that will take on the Mazda MX-5. It will be more expensive and powerful than the ND Miata, and will also count the Fiat 124 Spider – a reworked MX-5 with a 1.4 litre turbo engine – as a rival.

The S2000, which had a 10-year lifespan from 1999 to 2009, was a front-mid engined, rear-wheel drive roadster with a VTEC engine that famously revved till 9,000 rpm. The third-gen S2K will stick to the layout, but there won’t be a highly strung NA engine as those things have been consigned to history.

The UK mag speculates Honda’s 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine, already in service in the tenth-gen Civic and Jade RS MPV, boosted up to 180 hp for the sports car (the Civic Coupe surfaced last month with 174 hp and 219 Nm). That will leave room for a hotter Type R variant with a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s 310 PS/400 Nm engine, more focused chassis and LSD. All will use a six-speed manual gearbox.

The NSX is back, and while a “baby NSX” is being considered, the “new S2000” roadster has priority

Not so easy, surely. The mag adds that the biggest hurdle the “new S2000” will face is the absence of a suitable RWD platform. The report states that reps from Honda’s advanced engineering department are said to have attended a recent S2000 owners’ club event in UK, a signal that the carmaker wants to listen to enthusiasts to help it to position the next S2000 accurately.

Honda, which has revived the NSX supercar, is understood to be considering a mid-engined “baby NSX”, but the company said to be prioritising a return to the two-seat roadster segment. The S660 kei-car has been ruled out for markets outside of Japan.

“We are receiving requests from our regions who are saying they would like more sports cars, so we are considering ways to do that,” Honda’s global boss, Takahiro Hachigo, was quoted as saying.

Whether it’s a “baby NSX” or “new S2000”, the very fact that Honda is considering sports cars and reviving famous names is sweet music to car fans. They’re not the only ones – Toyota wheeled out a compact RWD coupe at Tokyo 2015, and the Zoom-Zoom brand is toying with the idea of a rotary-engined successor to the RX-7. Exciting times ahead.

GALLERY: Honda S2000