Honda re-joins sports car market with new S2000

The new incarnation will stay true to the much-loved original in that it will be front-engined and rear-wheel drive

The sports car sector seems to be returning. After ten years of production, the much-loved Honda S2000 stopped being produced in 2009.

But now there are plans for a new, more upmarket version as Honda tries to re-enter the sports car market. With the continuing success of Mazda’s MX-5 and with Fiat producing a new 124 Spider, Honda has some competition already in place.

The new S2000 will stay true to the original in that it will be front-engined and rear-wheel drive. What the engine is has not been revealed, but it could be a version of the upcoming 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine with VTEC.

Thew new S2000 should have enough power to speed ahead of the Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider

That should give enough power, with a bit of a tweak, to speed ahead of both the Mazda and the Fiat. Naturally, there would be plans for a hotter Type R.

At the moment it’s not clear what chassis would be used since Honda’s new chassis are not based on a rear-wheel drive set-up. It’s probably the case that this would push prices up so that the S2000 becomes a more premium purchase.

However they do it, Honda seems serious. Global boss of Honda, Takahiro Hachigo, admitted: “We are receiving requests from our regions who are saying they would like more sports cars, so we are considering ways to do that.”

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