Honda S2000 rumoured to return

Honda could launch a follow-up to its S2000 sports car if demand is strong

A spiritual successor to the high-revving Honda S2000 sports car could be on the cards, the company's CEO has hinted.

The Honda S2000 was a lightweight two-seater in the mould of the Mazda MX-5, but with performance that put it in the Porsche 718 Boxster class. Production ceased in 2009 and enthusiasts have lamented its passing ever since, but Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo strongly hinted that the launch of a new model along similar lines can't be ruled out.

Commenting at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Hachigo said: “Honda is quick to develop sporty cars if requests are there. I’ve already heard many voices expressing a desire for a new S2000.

“All over the world, there are more and more voices expressing a desire to launch this. However, we need more time to evaluate,” he added. “Our first priority is to have an evolution of our current performance cars for the next generation, but if the salespeople can give us a commitment to sales, then it might get the green light.”

This comes as a virtual retread of the story that led to the original S2000, which was first shown as a concept car in 1995 and, in the heat of public enthusiasm, entered production in 1999 to mark the company's 50th anniversary. Just as, in 1995, the first generation of Honda NSX was wowing the motoring press, today's second-generation NSX paves the way for a smaller, simpler sports car below it in Honda's line-up.

Rumours of a potential S2000 successor have been circulating for a while, but Hachigo's comments are the first to be made by a representative of Honda. In 2015 our sister publication, Auto Express, reported on a potential S2000 replacement, then referred to as a 'Baby NSX', and using an NSX-like mid-engined layout rather than the front-engined arrangement of the S2000. The engine itself would likely be a version of the Honda Civic Type R's turbocharged 2.0-litre. However, emissions regulations could bring it closer to the NSX by forcing the use of a petrol hybrid setup.

Design inspiration is likely to come from the angular form of the latest NSX, and the new car would be visibly recognisable as a Honda. It's probable, though, that an S2000 successor would be offered as a coupe only, abandoning the soft-top convertible format of the original.

Meanwhile, the latest Honda Civic Type R continues to carry the 'affordable performance' baton for the company in Britain, where it's also assembled. Constructed in Swindon, Wiltshire, the Type R is exported to several global markets, including Japan.

Recommended

2021 Honda HR-V: e:HEV hybrid powertrain details revealed
2021 Honda HR-V hybrid SUV - front 3/4
Honda HR-V
22 Apr 2021

2021 Honda HR-V: e:HEV hybrid powertrain details revealed

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000
Honda Civic Type R front
Toyota
5 Jan 2021

Cheap fun cars: our picks from £1,000 to £10,000

2021 Honda CR-V only available as ‘e:HEV’ hybrid
Honda CR-V
30 Nov 2020

2021 Honda CR-V only available as ‘e:HEV’ hybrid

2021 Honda Civic prototype launched and interior teased
Honda Civic
18 Nov 2020

2021 Honda Civic prototype launched and interior teased

Most Popular

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide
Scrappage schemes - Ford Focus
Tips and advice
20 Apr 2021

2021 scrappage schemes: the complete guide

Best new car deals 2021
Ford Fiesta
Deals
23 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks