The biggest news this week came from the Japanese automaker Honda who is ready to revive the S2000 roadster after his 20-years hiatus. The Honda S2000 was first sold on the market in April 1999 as an iconic roadster and high-performance sports car, and became a special prize for the Honda’s 50th anniversary. It was based on the Honda Sport Study Model Concept (SSM) which was first unveiled at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. This concept sports car is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder VTEC engine paired to a rear-wheel drive configuration and front mid-engine layout (FMR). It’s well built on a very stiff X-bone chassis with an aluminum body panels. Honda says that the X-bone chassis on the S2000 can improve its rigidity and collision safety.
According to recent reports, the 2018 Honda S2000 will have a similar size to the Mazda MX-5 Miata but will have more power. The new model will be positioned under the Acura NSX when it’s sold in the North American market given that the S660 roadster was never sold in the U.S.. Throughout its lifetime, the Honda S2000 gained many important revisions and changes particularly in engines, transmissions and suspensions, as well as changes to its exterior and interior design. However, the production of the Honda S2000 should be discontinue in 2009 because its sales dropped significantly since 2006 and especially after the financial crisis hit the automotive industry in 2008.
2018 Honda S2000 Specs and Changes
The Japanese automaker has no plans to install a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC on the next-gen S2000 roadster. As you know that this 2.0-liter turbo engine is a great engine sourced from the current Honda Civic Type R. However, Honda confirmed that the all-new S2000 sports car must be special and unique in its class. We guess that this new model will be powered by a new engine and chassis, as well as will be a special gift for the company’s 70th anniversary. Under its hood, the 2018 Honda S2000 will most likely be powered by a longitudinally mounted 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while its peak output is claimed to exceed 320 horsepower.
What we do know is that this 2.0-liter engine will rely on a two-stage electric boosting system. This is a similar technology and system design that can be found on Mitsubishi, which consists of several components such as conventional turbocharger, electric supercharger and bypass valve. The most important thing is that the two-stage electric boosting system has a more compact and lighter design than a twin-turbo engine, and can improve its fuel economy. By using this technology, the powertrain is expected to provide a better throttle response compared to a conventional turbo engine and the driver will not feel the turbo lag problem. To be sure this roadster will have 2900 pounds weight with optimized weight distribution thanks to the use of 8-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Honda S2000 Release Date and Price
Speaking of release date, the next-gen 2018 Honda S2000 sports car is expected to arrive at North American dealerships late next year. Honda is rumored to also be introducing the upcoming S2000 roadster at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in next September and the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2018. While the price is expected to start at around $50,000. This sports car will go into the production line along with the Acura NSX at Honda Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, United States.
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