The Honda S1000 has reportedly been green lit for production.
The all-new Honda S660 was recently launched in Japan and now there are reports that the Japanese automaker has approved a more powerful S1000 model that will be built and exported to other markets. The company has hinted numerous times that a S1000 was in the plans and it appears that it will be powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine with well over 100 hp. According to a Motoring source, Honda’s new three-cylinder turbo engines are “so hi-tech that without even trying they pump out roughly 60kW (80 hp).”
That’s not all, as rumors suggest that Honda is planning a S660 Type R model that will take its current powerplant and push it to around 100 hp. Unfortunately don’t expect the hotter model to make an appearance until mid-to-late 2016 and even then, it isn’t likely to come to the U.S. Now if a S1000 makes it to North America then there might be a reason to get excited.