Published: August 5, 2014
By Stephen Edelstein, special from Motor Authority
Thereis little evidence to support reincarnation when it comes to humans, but what about cars?
Fans have eagerly waited for a new Honda S2000 since the original iteration of this sprightly roadster left the physical plane in 2009. However, like a spirit entering a new body, it could come back as something very different.
A new report from Australia's Motoring claims Honda will re-imagine the S2000 as a mid-engined coupe. That means it will have little in common with the original car other than a performance pedigree and (perhaps) a price point.
With the reborn Acura NSX on the way, this smaller coupe could be pitched as a baby version of the hybrid supercar. In fact, the S2000 successor may get a hybrid powertrain of its own.
That powertrain will reportedly consist of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R, with an electric motor attached. Total output is rumored to be in the 365 horsepower neighborhood. All of that power will reportedly be sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Construction would take place alongside the NSX at Honda's Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The materials used could be the same as well; carbon fiber and aluminum will probably be needed to meet the new coupe's reported target curb weight of 2,866 pounds.
If all goes well, sources says the S2000 replacement could hit showrooms by 2017, with a pricetag somewhere below $70,000. That means it could end up being much more expensive than the old roadster.
While it would be the first sub-NSX sports car to wear a Honda badge since the S2000, this theoretical machine sounds more like a downsized version of the upcoming hybrid supercar than a true successor to the S2000. Maybe that's how reincarnation works.