The Honda S2000 will once again win over the crowd. This roadster, which was discontinued back in 2009, will once again resurrect and show the world why it is one of the most famous models from the Japanese auto brand. The new S2k, however, will not be too alike as its former counterpart. The new model will have a significantly different appearance which will make it very modern and attractive. Such distinction is logical when you look at the time span between two generations. In addition, the new model will be made following the latest technology approaches, meaning it will use different techniques, equipment and materials. However, none of these changes will make the real gap between the 2009 and 2017 S2000. That role is reserved for the powertrain. The 2017 Honda S2000 will surely surprise everyone with what it has under its hood, since it will be a hybrid powertrain. It is difficult to estimate how will this affect its sales, since this model was always best known for its wicked performance, which will certainly suffer some downsizing. However, the company feels confident about the new roadster, as they claim their powertrain will leave their biggest opponent, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, far behind in the dust.
2017 Honda S2000 Appearance
Like we mentioned earlier, the 2017 Honda S2000 will have a new, modern and attractive appearance. The new roadster will have few similarities with its predecessor. However, the car will keep its racing spirit and muscular body shape. It will all now be much modern and aerodynamic, but the main feel of the vehicle will remain the same. Even though the new S2000 will not look like its 2009 counterpart, it will have a similar model on the market anyway. The rumors claim that the new model will borrow numerous styling cues from the Acura NSX. In addition, the roadster will be made using similar engineering designs and moves, so its body will mostly be made out of carbon fiber and aluminum. This will reduce the car’s weight to 2,800 pounds approximately, which will surely have a positive impact on the model’s performance in numerous ways, from fuel efficiency, to handling, agility and precision.
Powertrain: Hybrid Setup Inside Light Body
As for the powertrain, the 2017 Honda S2000 will have a hybrid setup that consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The gasoline unit will most likely be the same one that powers the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R. The hybrid powertrain of the 2017 Honda s2000 is expected to generate around 365 horsepower, which is 40 horsepower more than the estimated power output of the new Mazda Miata. The model will use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and it will come with the rear-wheel drive only. Apart from the obvious advantage in power output when compared to the opponents, the new roadster will also thrive in fuel economy field. Its fuel efficiency is bound to take down any other, simply because the model is a hybrid with a very light body. There is no official information concerning more details about the vehicle’s performance just yet.
2017 Honda S2000 Release & Estimated Price
The 2017 Honda S2000 should be released in two years, or in the beginning of 2017 the latest. As for the price, the new model will cost slightly less than $70,000. This price is quite high when compared to the price tags on the other models in the market niche, but if you look at all the good sides you get for that amount, the figure is more than justified. We are sure that the model will find its way to those drivers who know how amazing it is to sit behind a steering wheel of a car such as this one.