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Honda S2000 revival in the pipeline

Honda S2000 revival in the pipeline
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Wednesday 09 December 2015, 11:09 AM

Honda will revive its famous S2000 moniker and is expected to show and launch the third generation of its legendary RWD sportscar sometime in 2017. Reports suggest that representative of the Japanese automaker advanced engineering division recently attended an S2000 owners meet in the UK where they connected in-depth with attendees to help develop and position the car correctly.

First things first, this third generation S2000 will stay true to the original setup of the car that made it so popular among enthusiasts and racers alike. It will front-mid mounted engine with power going to the rear wheels.

Further, it will be powered by the latest set of turbocharged VTEC engines that were unveiled last year which in this case will be a 1.5-litre unit producing around 180bhp for the European markets. The range will also be expanded to include a Type-R 2.0-litre unit powered unit. This is the same engine from the new Civic Type-R and will produce 306bhp.

Now here comes the most fun bit, in todays’ days of AMTs and seven-dual clutch AT units, the new S2000 will stick with its tried and tested six-speed manual for an involving driving experience. The Type-R S2000 (if launched) will feature an uprated suspension and LSD as a part of its extra grunt to earn the Type-R badge.

This third generation S2000 will compete with the newly launched Fiat 124 Spider, Mazda MX-5 and the Toyota GT-86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S making it a tall order for the Big H’s sports cars when it makes a comeback after almost seven years. However, given Honda’s recent focus on developing a largescale FWD lineup, it is believed to be struggling to find a suitable platform for the new S2000 and so may have to position this car as a more premium alternative to cover the extra development costs.

It might seem funny to say that there is a possibility we might see this car in India in 2018 but yes there is a possibility thanks to how our markets have changed so much since the last time the S2000 was produced. It will be a niche vehicle and obviously a CBU so we can expect a price of around Rs 35 lakh to 45 lakh.

 

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