Future Honda S2000 to be Mid-Engined
Shortly after the original Honda S2000 production ended in June 2009, and plans for a successor were cancelled in the aftermath of the international automotive industry crisis rumors began that Honda has plans to produce three mid-engined sports cars.
One of the three new sports cars is the Future Honda S2000 with a Mid-Engined layout similar to the new Honda/Acura NSX.
Honda has already unveiled the other two mid-engined sports cars in the form of the Honda S660 and Honda NSX.
The Future Honda S2000 will bridge the gap between the Honda S660 and NSX.
Honda S660 is a lightweight, mid-engined roadster sports car that weighs less than 2,000 lbs with CVT automatic transmission and even less with manual transmission.
The S660 has already started production and will first go on sale in Japan with a 660cc engine that produces 63 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque.
The type R version of the Honda S660 named S1000 will later go on sale with a 1.0-liter engine that produces over 125 hp.
The future Honda S2000 is said to feature a 400 hp powertrain layout that couples a Turbo 2.0-liter VTEC four cylinder with two electric motors.
As a refresher, the 2016 Honda NSX aka Acura NSX is powered by a twin-turbo DOHC 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to three electric motors AWD system and a 9 speed DCT (dual clutch transmission) automatic transmission.
Total output of the 2016 Acura NSX is nearly 600 hp and Honda is promising that it will dethrone the Nissan GT-R as the underground king of sports cars.
Unlike the 2016 NSX the Future Honda S2000 will be available with manual transmission. You can also order the Future Honda S2000 with a 9 speed DCT similar to the one used in the NSX.
The future Honda S2000 will go on sale in late 2016 as a 2017 model year and it’s poised to directly compete with the Alfa Romeo 4C, the future Toyota Supra that’s being jointly developed with BMW, Porsche Cayman S, and the Lotus Elise.
We expect the new Honda S2000 mid-engined sports car to start from $55,000.