Back in June this year, patent drawings of what appeared to be a mid-engined sports car from Honda found their way onto the internet, where the “baby NSX” strongly hinted at a spiritual successor to the Honda S2000.
With Honda seemingly on a sports car renaissance that saw the Honda Beat reintroduced as the S660 and the second generation NSX making its debut in Detroit, the idea of an all-new S2000 isn’t that far-fetched considering the kei car S660 is a Japan-exclusive whereas the NSX might burst the banks of potential buyers.
Auto Express reports that Honda is looking to introduce the successor to the S2000 in 2018. According to sources close to Honda, the 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC engine (310hp/400Nm) from the Civic Type R might not make its way into the new car. Due to more demanding emissions regulations, the 1.5-litre turbo (power figures not provided yet) from the tenth generation Honda Civic might be fitted instead, with electrification bringing total output to around 300hp.
Design-wise, the flagship NSX would most likely serve as an inspiration for a new Honda S2000 with slender LED headlights, large intakes, and sculpted body. The original S2000 was only available as a roadster but these patent drawings could see a shift to a coupe bodystyle instead.