Honda S2000 successor coming in 2018?
Honda will celebrate its 70th birthday by launching a spiritual successor to the S2000, a new report finds.
“A large complement of R&D staff from Japan are already in Ohio working on the car. They have more time now that the NSX is finished,” revealed an anonymous inside source in an interview with Car & Driver.
The yet-unnamed convertible will be about the same size as the fourth-generation Mazda Miata, but it will boast a whole lot more power thanks to a de-tuned version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the Civic Type R that’s sold in Europe. Performance figures aren’t available yet; for what it’s worth, the turbo four makes roughly 310 horsepower when it’s bolted in the R’s engine bay. Power will be sent to the rear wheels.
While Honda currently doesn’t have a suitable rear-wheel drive architecture to build the coupe on in its portfolio, Car & Driver‘s insider suggested the Japanese firm is open to the idea of developing a platform from scratch. It could spawn other models, including a toned-down version of the Acura Precision Concept that made its global debut earlier this year during the Detroit Auto Show.
If the rumor is accurate, Honda’s upcoming roadster will be introduced at a major auto show in 2018, and it will go on sale shortly after as a 2019 model. The convertible will be built alongside the Acura NSX in the Performance Manufacturing Center (MNC) that’s located outside of Columbus, Ohio.