Editorial

Honda, is it Really that Hard to Build a Proper S2000 Successor?

What we're talking about is a rear-wheel-drive coupe or roadster.

Word has it that Honda is now keen to build a successor to the glorious S2000. In fact, it could arrive as soon as 2017. Upon hearing the news, many (us included) were ecstatic. Affordable rear-wheel-drive performance coupes and/or roadsters are rare these days. Some rightly complain that the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ are underpowered while others unjustly consider the Mazda MX-5 to be a girly car. There were no such complaints towards the Honda S2000, however.

It was also affordable. But now Honda is supposedly planning its replacement that could cost as much as $60,000. What’s more is that it could have all-wheel-drive and a mid-engine layout. The latter is just fine, but why not RWD? Honda doesn’t need to build an Audi fighter here. If that’s not enough, word on the street is it could even be a hybrid. Power could come from a 2.0-liter turbo four, electrified to produce as much as 350 horsepower. The original S2000 had 240 ponies. But still, if Honda proceeds with this formula, will this even be a proper S2000 successor or something new in its own right? Guess will have wait and see and hope for the best.

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