Slotting in between the supercar-rivalling NSX and the diminutive S660 roadster, the new S2000 looks set to arrive as a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive roadster. That’s according to a report in US publication Car And Driver.
That means that earlier patent renderings for a supposed mid-engined S2000 successor may not see the light of day.
While Honda currently doesn’t have a suitable rear-wheel drive architecture to build the coupe on in its portfolio, Car & Driver’s insider suggested the Japanese firm is open to the idea of developing a platform from scratch. It could spawn other models, including a toned-down version of the Acura Precision Concept that made its global debut earlier this year during the Detroit Auto Show.
If you’re expecting the new S2000 to be powered by another superbike-esque screamer of a naturally-aspirated engine, you clearly don’t know where Honda’s head is at these days when it comes to performance powertrains. According to the report, the next-gen Honda roadster will use a version of the turbocharged 2.0 liter inline-four used in the Civic Type R. The engine will likely be de-tuned to an output below that car’s 306 horsepower—but considering the droptop should weigh in around 2,900 pounds, that should be power aplenty.
Between the new S2000, the second-generation Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, and the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, the next few years ought to be pretty damn exciting for fans of cheap speed. Hell, we’ve already started planning a drive route for that 2018 comparison test.