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2014 Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

The Honda S2000 debuted in 2000 and harked back to Honda’s sports cars of years past, including the S500, S600, and S800. The S2000 was a tuner’s dream, as it weighed just 2,800 pounds, had 240 horses and a chassis that was on par with the Miata. The unfortunate side of the original S2000 was that the horsepower didn’t peak until 8,300 and it could only muster up 153 pound-feet of torque. By time the 2009 model year rolled around, the S2000 had run its course and went the way of the dodo bird, but not before Honda Performance Development decided to add a lot more displacement to the roadster’s engine compartment as an experiment.

With a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine HPD presents the creatively named S3700. This V-6 engine a production unit that was sourced from the Acura lineup. In its home engine bay, this engine developed 300 to 305 horsepower and 273 to 275 pound-feet of twist, depending on the application, but Honda failed to reveal what the output is for this Pikes Peak racer. I did learn that back in 2009 when HPD built the first S3700, it had a 9.55-to-1 power to weight ratio. Given the 2,825-pound weight of the original S3700, my math says that this engine produced 296 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that this version of the S3700 will retain that output.

We only have a single image to show you, but as you can see, this Pikes Peak racer dons a white base coat with a red racing stripe down the driver side of the car. Also present it a hefty bulge in its hood to make room for the larger, V-6 engine and large lip spoiler under the nose.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com and we’ll bring you new details as HPD reveals them.

Why Now?

Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development
Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development
Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

This may also serve as a feeler to see what S2000 fans think of this lightweight sports car rocking a V-6 engine.

The S3700 project has been in the works since 2009, so why now is it just making its Pikes Peak debut? I think this could be a publicity stunt to get the S2000 name back into the minds of its fans in anticipation of a successor to the model. Call it a wild hunch, but with iconic sports cars like the Supra and the NSX making their returns, now is a good time as any to release a new Honda S model. This may also serve as a feeler to see what S2000 fans think of this lightweight sports car rocking a V-6 engine. Then again, maybe Honda just wants to see how its creation does on the hill climb.

S3700 History

Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development
Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development
Honda S3700 by Honda Performance Development

The S3700 project kicked off in 2009 to see just how a V-6 engine would work in the compact roadster and to get Honda’s performance wing in the minds of enthusiasts. After some early clutch issues, Honda Performance Devel Devel opment found the perfect blend to make this combination work. Unfortunately, like many test rigs without VINs, the original light-blue S3700 met its unavoidable date with a car crusher following successful testing that showed much improved acceleration and little change in track behavior.

HPD built a new S3700 in 2013. Initially, this model wore a Rio Yellow coat prior to receiving its latest livery for Pikes Peak. I can’t tell if it is just a wrap or the real deal or a full paint job, but my money is on this being just a wrap job for the hill climb.




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