The S2000 is one of the most loved roadsters ever made so it comes as a surprise that Honda didn’t release a successor. However, things will definitely change in the near future. Not that long ago the manufacturer announced that there are plans for a 2019 Honda S2000. This would be the company’s celebratory model, so it will have to be special. So far there aren’t that many official details about the car. Even so, it looks like the future S2000 will be a really special vehicle. For starters, just like with its predecessor, the car will feature a front mid-engine and rear wheel drive.
2019 Honda S2000 Rumors and News
On top of that, it looks like it will use a bespoke platform built by Honda specifically for it. Even though the details are still scarce, the new platform might be an aluminum and carbon fiber structure. This would allow the future S2000 to be as light as the original while maintaining all the benefits of crash protection and torsional rigidity.
If the rumors are anything to go by then it looks like the S2000 will be similar in size to its predecessor. However, the car is expected to feature a slightly longer wheelbase and a wider track. This would allow it to be more stable around corners and also give the driver more confidence.
Despite the change, the car will be as easy to drive as before. It looks like in order to achieve this Honda may install a rear wheel steering system. This would alleviate the issues while having basically no drawbacks.
Review and Design
Even though the 2019 Honda S2000 is still far from release, there are quite a few unofficial renders about it. Most of these showcase a two-door roadster with a look inspired by the NSX. Even if this is nothing but a rumor, it would actually make a lot of sense for them to go on this route.
We can expect a long hood, a really aggressive front and plenty of aerodynamic features. All of these would make the S2000 a really stunning car to look at. Some also suggested a targa-top is a real possibility.
However, we wouldn’t be so sure about this, especially since Honda has one thing in mind, lightness. The bespoke platform would allow the soft-top roadster to weigh considerably less than any competing design.
Just like with its predecessor, the upcoming 2019 Honda S2000 will feature just two seats. It also looks like the really minimalist design of the predecessor will be carried over here as well. Most of the controls will be aimed towards the driver and it looks like the design will be both functional and beautiful.
The car will likely feature mostly touch-based controls and the driver should get a fully digital instrument cluster as well as a large head-up display. These will definitely make the driving experience unique which is all that matters with a car like the S2000.
Engine and Specs
Interestingly enough, not that long ago a Honda official did say a few words about the engine that will power the future S2000. He said the 2.0 liter from the Type R will be old news by the time the S2000 will hit the showroom floor. This likely means that the turbocharged unit will not be used here by Honda.
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Instead, the car will likely receive a twin-stage electric supercharged 2.0-liter engine which should be quite impressive. The details are still unknown. However, this type of system would use a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which would also be supercharged with the aid of an electric system.
The end result should be no-lag and the same output as a twin-turbocharged engine. Thanks to that we can easily expect around 350 to 400 horsepower and north of 300 lb-ft of torque. Even though just a rumor, it looks like Honda will continue to offer the car with a 6-speed manual.
2019 Honda S2000 Release and Price
At this point, it still is quite early to say much about the future 2019 Honda S2000. Even so, it looks like they are aiming at the future Supra. Because of that, it is safe to assume the car will cost more than $50,000 which would be in the upper range of its class. Honda will more than likely reveal the new model in the early 2019 and it should go on sale around a year after.
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