A storm is coming…and it’s wearing a Honda badge. The Japanese auto giant looks to mount a massive sports car charge with its pint-sized S660, flagship NSX, and – surprise – an all-new S2000. Have we got your attention now?
Details are still a bit hazy and Honda hasn’t officially confirmed that latter statement as of yet, but we’d say chances are looking good. Here’s the real kicker; a report from the UK’s Auto Express indicates that this S2000 will be mid-engined, just like its stablemates.
Styling cues look on point with the NSX and the non-US market S660. The S2000 shares a similar elegant fascia, angled headlights, and familial profile. But the really good stuff is underneath its skin.
The S2000 is reported to pack the turbocharged 2.0L mill from the next-gen Honda Civic Type R – regrettably, another Honda that the US won’t get – that produces a staggering 350-horsepower. Performance looks to be nippy, with estimates of zero to 60 mph in a hair under five seconds, but unless this thing packs on the pounds, we expect that number to drop as the debut nears.
Additionally, due to Honda’s Formula 1 reengagement with McLaren for 2015, some of the hybrid F1 goodies are expected to trickle down into each of the road cars. How does 40 mpg sound?
If the reports are true, the Honda S2000 could launch in 2017 for a reported £35,000 ($59,000). That’s quite a lot steeper than the old model at $35,000 in 2009…but owning an everyday NSX is definitely worth it.