You never forget your first love. For me, it was a 2004 Honda S2000 roadster. It had a screaming VTEC engine that revved to over 8,000 RPM. It has a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission — the best I’ve driven to date. It was also a convertible, allowing you to take all the noises in. It stopped selling in 2009, but if the rumors are to be believe, it’s coming back!
According to the folks over at Motor Authority, Honda is considering bringing the car back to celebrate its 70th anniversary. For those who don’t remember, the original S2000 was a celebration of 50 years of Honda.
Instead of a high-revving VTEC 4-cylinder engine, the new S2000 would have a twin-charged engine with turbocharging and an electric supercharger. This would improve torque and fuel economy, while delivering power all across the rev range. Some of the fun of the old car though was having to thrash it in order to make it shine.
Power looks like it could be around 325 horsepower. Under the newest SAE testing procedure, the previous car made 237 horsepower. That really was enough, but modern performance cars have way more. Mazda has it right with the less-is-more approach with the Miata, but the S2000 should be a rung up on the performance ladder.
Beyond that, not much is known about the car. If there’s one coming, we could see a prototype or concept at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. That is, of course, if they’re doing a car for their birthday. Pricing is rumored to be around $50,000, which adjusted for inflation isn’t that much more expensive than the outgoing car.
Honda laid off the fun cars for awhile, but they’re back with the NSX, Civic Si, and Type-R. Now they just need a new S2000 to add to the lineup to make everything complete. Please Honda, please do it!