Can a McLaren/Honda partnership save the S2000 replacement?
Recently, it seems as if Honda has matured to become a car company for the overly mature. Jeremy Clarkson himself said, "The average Honda driver is a symphony of arthritis and beige. His other car was a mobility scooter." It appears as if Jezza's proclamation got to the Japanese automaker. It now seems to be attempting to make Clarkson eat his words. To do this, Honda is pushing the Acura NSX and making a "baby NSX," a car that has been confirmed for release in 2018.
Unfortunately, emissions standards have forced the proposed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger to morph into a 1.5-liter turbo, with 50 horsepower lost in the process. To aid the small engine, the S2000 replacement will feature a hybrid motor, much like the one in the NSX, which will result in a formidable 300 horsepower motivating the light mid-engine roadster. To make matters worse, the hybrid drivetrain may mean the option for a manual transmission goes bye bye. F1 tech from the Honda-McLaren partnership will be present in the car, possibly aiding it to reach the top of the $75,000 class in which it will reside. Lets hope this car will make Jeremy Clarkson change his mind about Honda.