A fever quickly spread over the GRR office this morning when we saw the Autocar rendering of what the new Honda S2000 might look like. According to the world’s oldest car magazine ‘company insiders’ have revealed that a successor to the universally-popular S2000 is on the cards.
Not since 2009 has the public been able to order a brand new S2000, but with NSX on the way GRR reckons that a more modestly priced sports car in the range would complement the eagerly-anticipated hybrid supercar beautifully .
Autocar reckons that the well-established sports car recipe of an eager, revvy motor up front (but as far behind the front axle line as possible) with the power transmitted to the rear wheels will be retained and that there are a number of powerplants in the offing. It does point out though that Honda is committed to a new global architecture of front-wheel-drive platforms and that this could present a stern challenge for the project.
Although GRR can’t find anything from Honda to support the notion of a new S2000, the fact is that the old one was a driver’s dream and apparently Honda boss Takahiro Hachigo has admitted ‘requests from our regions who are saying they would like more sports cars. So maybe there is something in this after all?
Then again, with the new Civic due in 2017, perhaps Honda should leave the S2000 as a testament to how it dragged the world of 2.0-litre sports cars into the 21st century and concentrate instead on its new front-wheel-drive platform? Further to this, might a new S2000 lose some of the raw appeal of the previous car and end up missing the mark?
We reckon the world would be a better place if there was a new one to buy, but do you agree? If you do, then might we all be able to convince Honda to design and build one? Now’s your chance to be heard!
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Should Honda build a new S2000?
Photography courtesy of Honda