Honda S2000 making a comeback?

By JAY WONG | 4 December 2020

TOKYO: Apparently, Forbes was told by a close source to Honda that the little high-powered drop-top roadster is under consideration for a comeback by the Japnese carmaker's marketing team.

If it does, it would be interesting to see how it would fair against BMW's 2.0 turbocharged Z4 convertible and since there's mention that it could arrive with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine found in the Civic Type-R (306hp and 400Nm of torque).

The next question is whether Honda will mount the engine in an inline configuration for the rear wheels - like its original, unlike the Civic Type-R's transversely-mounted engine that powers the front wheels.

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This isn't just an option but rather a MUST in order to stay true to the S2000's original DNA when it gets reinvented.

For size, there was also mention that its proportions could be similar to the original with a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre to help minimise its weight gain to around 1,350kg as compared to its debut weight in 1999 at 1,240kg (kerb).

The S2000 was first seen as a prototype during Honda's 50th Anniversary Ceremony in September 1998, the S2000 made its official debut in April 1999 and was assembled at the Japanese carmaker's Tochigi Factory before getting transferred it to its Suzuka plant.

The engine was the world's highest-performing 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine at that time with an output of 250PS at 8,300rpm (9,000rpm redline) and 222Nm of torque at 7,500rpm.

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