Honda to bring back iconic S2000 by 2024?

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Words: Matthew Hansen
4 Dec 2020

Before we go too far into this, let it be known that every two years or so a story gets picked up and circulated worldwide about a plan to bring the Honda S2000 back to life. Keep your grains of salt at arm’s length.

But even so, it’s still somewhat exciting news to hear that Honda is rumoured once again to bring back its iconic rear-driven sportster to the showroom by 2024, according to the latest spate of speculation.

It stems from Forbes, who claims that a “source close to Honda” says the nameplate is currently under consideration by the brand for some form of return — earmarking 2024 as it symbolises the 25th anniversary of the model’s debut.

According to the source, the new S2000 would lean into aluminium and carbon fibre in its construction to make it light and stiff. And it’s set to use the same turbofour as the current Honda Civic Type R, which currently produces 228kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

While it might sound a little far-fetched, there’s a few elements that are in the nameplate’s favour. Honda clearly hasn’t forgotten about the S2000. Earlier this year it revealed a surprise 20th Anniversary S2000 concept — a kind of retrofitted rebuilt S2000 featuring current-day mod-cons and a few design tweaks.

Honda’s also riding a bit of a performance-car wave at the moment due to the international success of its FK8-generation Civic Type R. Having debuted in 2017, it’s been well received around the world and played a pivotal marketing role for the brand.

Honda’s own senior staffers have sent mixed messages about the idea of an S2000 comeback. In 2018 Honda exec Hayato Mori told AutoGuide that there wasn’t enough interest in sports cars to revive the model. On the flipside, Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo was a little more open to the idea when quizzed by Autocar UK about it back in 2017.

“As of today, I cannot say clearly that S2000 will be reinvented as further studies are necessary,” he said, “[but] I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next-generation S2000. Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars if the requests are there.”

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