During a recent S2000 owners’ club event organized in the British Isles, a few representatives from Honda’s R&D department dropped a hint about a return of the beloved model. It will continue to have a front-mounted engine sending power to the rear wheels and Honda plans on selling the new one exclusively with a short-shift six-speed manual gearbox.
The base version is said to employ an uprated configuration of the new 1.5-liter VTEC turbo engine that will be good enough for approximately 180 bhp (134 kW). The range-topping S2000 will reportedly make use of a detuned 2.0-liter turbo from the Civic Type R where it has 306 bhp (228 kW). This beefier version will also get a stiffer suspension setup, further chassis optimizations, and a rear limited-slip differential.
However, it will be a while until the S2000 will be resurrected as Honda doesn’t have a suitable RWD platform available right now. Those rumors about a “baby NSX” are apparently valid, but executives at Honda are prioritizing development of a new S2000.
As for the petite S660, the company’s global boss, Takahiro Hachigo, declared it was developed primarily for Japan and would have to undergo a lot of changes to comply with European regulations. In addition, he also expressed his concern about the model’s success on the old continent.