Revived Honda S2000 May Get 320 HP Twin-Charged Inline-Four

There are a handful of automotive rumors that have persisted for so long that you could be forgiven for believing they’re nothing more than wishful thinking. Among them are talks of a next-generation Honda S2000.

The Japanese company is a very different brand to what it was in the late 1990s and early 2000s when it produced some of the market’s best front-wheel drive hatches and of course, the rear-wheel S2000. Nowadays the brand is all about fuel-efficient vehicles that appeal to the masses.

Fortunately, it seems things are changing following the release of the latest Honda NSX and these changes are set to include a revived S2000, according to Car and Driver.

It is thought that Honda is planning to release a new S2000 in 2018 to mark its 70th anniversary and 20 years since the original S2000 was launched. Previously, it was widely reported that the Civic Type R’s turbo’d 2.0-liter would find its way into the new S2K but apparently, something much more exciting is in the works.

Honda is preparing to take a page out of Mitsubishi’s book by developing an all-new powertrain that incorporates a turbocharger and an electrically driven supercharger aimed at eliminating turbo lag while being more fuel efficient than current twin-turbo systems. These components will then be bolted to a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine designed to pump out in excess of 320 hp.

Car and Driver says that this new powertrain will come mated to a dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. However, considering that Honda continues to offer many of its cars with manual gearboxes to this day, we’re holding out hope a traditional stick shift will also be made available.

If the new-age Honda S2000 does indeed launch in 2018, a debut at the Paris Auto Show in September next year or the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2018 are likely candidates to host the unveiling.

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  • TheBelltower

    Fingers crossed that Honda does the next one as good as the first one.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Yay twincharging!!!

  • Honda NSX-R

    I hope this is true.

  • Carlos Gamarra

    please let this be true

  • Ilbirs

    Car and Driver says that this new S2000 will have a front longitudinal engine mated to a eight-speed dual clutch gearbox. By what I know, eight-speed DCT in Honda’s stable is something found in Acura’s lineup and transversely mounted. Maybe there’s some misinformation in this story and I’d consider more probable for this new car a MR layout like the one found in S660, allowing to share more parts with more mundane rides. It’d be basically puting an ILX drivetrain behind the two seats, shrink it to a 2 liter displacement and bolt turbo and electric supercharger.

    • Aquaflex

      Nope it’s gonna be an all original engine just like what is in the old s2000! It will probably be high revving like in the old one too, maybe not 9k rpm but 8k rpm will be fine. If only Honda could also bring back the Integra Type R too…

  • Leon Otonglo

    I hope its available with a stick

  • 59soni

    I asked the same at Motor1: what Mitsubishi powertrain are you referring to?

  • Six_Tymes

    one of the greatest sports cars ever, it was perfection.

    • Aquaflex

      It still is

    • John Mayo

      The S2000 is the best car I have ever driven. Simply a great sports car.

  • Blade t

    I doubt this gets produced, and by 2018 ? No way..

  • John Mayo

    Hopefully Honda will avoid the pathetic paddle shifters and put in a real 6 spd manual like the car deserves.

  • Rivercitysmitty

    Looks like a Miata to me.

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