Reports surrounding a successor of the iconic Honda S2000 have been around for, well, ever since it ceased production in 2009, and it appears that the Japanese manufacturer isn’t completely opposing the idea.
Speaking to Autocar on the sidelines of the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the brand's chief, Takahiro Hachigo, said that their engineers are ready to develop a new Honda S2000, but only if there's enough demand from the public.
"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", Hachigo said. "All over the world - in Japan, North America, Europe, Chine - more and more voices are expressing the desire to reinvent S2000. However, it has not matured yet. It's not time yet. We need time to decide if S2000 is reinvented or not. If the sales people investigate, look at it, and they're really enthusiastic, maybe we look at it."
If Honda decides to revive the S2000, then it will follow a series of reborn performance cars launched over these past few years, with the list including the Japan-only S660, Civic Type R, and NSX.
Previous voices suggested that a possible successor of the Honda S2000 could challenge the likes of the Mazda MX-5. Powering it might be the brand's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the new Civic Type R's 2.0L turbo could also be used on a more hardcore version of the roadster, or even a 2.0-liter twin-charged unit, rated at more than 320hp.
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