Since the Mazda MX-5 Miata’s release, the flashy roadster has gone down well with consumers, carrying on an iconic nameplate and not really having any real competition in the small roadster space. But that may change soon, as the Honda S2000 may be making its grand comeback six years after the model was originally halted.
A report from British automotive site Autocar claims that Honda engineers have communicated with S2000 owners in the U.K., hoping to get some feedback on how it should develop the next-generation roadster when it makes its return to the market. Apparently, the new Honda S2000 will remain a front-engine, rear-drive car just like its predecessor; this goes against earlier rumors claiming that the vehicle will be a mid-engine model.
The report also claims that the Honda S2000 will come with two turbocharged engine options. The first is a 1.5-liter turbo four that is capable of 174 horsepower and 162 lb/ft. of torque; this engine happens to be found under the hood of the 2016 Civic, and for the S2000, it may be tuned to produce a bit more horsepower. The second engine is the same one found in the Civic Type-R, and is a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes more than 300 horses. Unlike the base 1.5-liter engine, this larger turbo four may likely be detuned in the S2000.
Whatever the case may be, the upcoming S2000 will be more powerful than the competition. The MX-5 makes only 155 horsepower on its naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four, while the Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider will come with a 160-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbo four when it gets released as a 2017 model. But Autocar also warns that the Honda S2000, which may be released for the 2017 model year as well, may be an expensive car compared to its rivals due to its turbo engine options. As such, it may potentially get rebadged as an Acura model once it arrives at U.S. dealerships.