This time last year, reports out of Europe suggested the S2000 badge would return in the near future, gracing the rump of a roofed and more powerful model.
These mysterious new images, released today by the US Patent Office, might be our first authentic clue that such a model is in the works.
The renderings hint at another mid-engined design, joining the S660 and NSX in adopting that layout – and setting it well apart from the front-engined configuration of the S2000.
This means that, while the hero NSX does its part in battling the likes of Audi’s new R8, a new mid-engined S2000 would be aimed at the Porsche Cayman.
Reports have pointed to a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine as the new coupe’s main source of motivation – likely the same mill driving the new Civic Type R – while a pair of NSX-inspired electric motors would add extra power and all-paw traction.
Watch for news on this one to develop over the year ahead.