The Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Edition Makes Us Yearn for the Roadster’s Return
The Honda S2000 hasn’t been in production since 2009, but that’s not stopping Honda from celebrating the roadster’s 20th anniversary at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. As part of the celebration, Honda is showcasing the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype, a modern-day interpretation of the second-generation S2000 AP2, which was discontinued exactly a decade ago. Honda currently has no plans to revive the S2000, so the 20th Anniversary Prototype is most likely a special effects package that will be offered to existing owners of the S2000 AP2. The package includes a body kit, though there are reports that an upgraded suspension will also be included. Engine upgrades, however, are unlikely to be part of the package.
Honda’s Pedal Car Might Be The Coolest Vehicle On Display at SEMA
The 2018 SEMA Auto Show was completely lit. Automakers far and wide presented versions of their models in various states of tune. Honda was on-hand at the event, bringing with it a number of Civic Type R concepts, a Ridgeline camper, and the obnoxiously cool Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept. As awesome as they are, none of these concepts caught my attention more than the Honda Pedal Car. It’s probably a side-show attraction at best, but I don’t care, it looks awesome as hell, and I want one stat.
Watch a Tesla-Powered 2006 Honda S2000 Run a 10-Second Quarter Mile
If you’re still dreaming of the Honda S2000’s amazing 100-horsepower/liter figure that was an industry benchmark in the sports car class for years, there’s now a new benchmark, at least in the S2000 world. As expected, it’s highly modified but in an unusual way: it sports the drivetrain from a Tesla Model S P100D.
Discontinued back in 2009, the S2000 remained the backbone of many modified rides over the years. This white example, nicknamed "Model S2000", is one of the raddest yet. It’s employing parts from the Tesla Model S and the Chevrolet Volt to tear up the dragstrip and seamlessly tick a quarter-mile time of 10.24 without much hassle. And that’s only the beginning.
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2020 Honda S2000 Study
The new 2020 Honda S2000. Just kidding. The rendering before you is actually a work of Jon Sibal - one of the most proficient rendering artists in car world stardom. His latest work revolves around reinventing the Honda S2000 with contemporary Honda (and Acura for that matter) styling philosophy. It seems that Sibal knocked it out of the park with the new S2000 rendering. I find this study looking right in so many ways it is hard not to imagine it under the spotlights of any car show.
Yet, a new S2000 isn’t likely. At least, not in the day and age where fairly cheap roadsters aren’t exactly popular if they are not wearing a premium brand name.
Honda’s New S660 Neo Classic Body Kit is A Love Letter To Japan’s Kei Cars
The Honda S660 Roadster is getting a Kei-infused transformation with the introduction of the S660 Neo Classic body kit. Limited to the Japanese market, the body kit turns the S660 roadster into a retro-styled Kei car in the mold of the S660 Neo Classic Prototype that Honda unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon. The kit costs 1.296 million yen, which converts to a little over $11,000. No; it doesn’t come cheap.
It’s an April Fool’s Joke, but Maybe Honda Should do a CR-V Roadster
Automakers are all about creating different and tiny niches these days, and that’s exactly why we have vehicles like the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the upcoming T-Roc Convertible. The problem with these models is that they are hard to like and that’s exactly why Honda decided to troll Range Rover and Volkswagen for April Fools, announcing that it will, in fact, sell a CR-V Roadster despite the fact that it no roof and is structurally unsound.
“ This is a bold new direction for the CR-V and opens up an entirely new non-existent market. Our sales target is somewhat conservative to start with, at zero cars, but we are confident that once the minor glitches are ironed out, such as the lack of roof and the fact it is totally structurally unsound, the car will fly out of showrooms,” said Eipurirufūru – the Future Opportunity Occupational Lead for Honda.
The CR-V’s structural rigidity has been decreased by 100 percent, thanks to the complete and utter removal of both the B- and C-pillars. And the best part is that prices are “expected to start from half the current price of the CR-B as customers are only getting half the car.” LMAO! You’ve got to love Honda’s sense of humor with this one.
Come on Honda - Take on the Mazda Miata and Subaru BRZ with the Sports EV Concept
One could argue that the sports car market is slowly deteriorating, leaving us with nothing but slightly faded memories of our illustrious past in which we would dream of owning cars like the Nissan 350Z, Honda S2000, Toyota Supra, or Nissan Skyline. But, those days might as well be gone as the Nissan Z line is in danger of becoming a badge for the SUV, the Skyline (for intents and purposes in the sports car market) is dead, Honda has remained quiet about an S2000 successor, and it seems like every day another SUV is born, and even taking the name of once awesome cars (think of the abortion on wheels known as the Eclipse Cross, for example.) With the EV evolution slowing taking shape, however, we can find new hope in a future where sports cars may once again reign supreme or, at the very least, maintain a firm hold in a market that we hold so near and dear to our hearts.
Regardless of your taste in sports cars, or ideal price point, you can’t deny the fact that the offerings for sports cars seem to be dwindling unless you’re willing to pay out the ass for something like the Nissan GT-R, or Mercedes-AMG GT, for example. Even the Nissan 370Z has been practically untouched for the last decade, leaving it as a poor choice even if you could afford one. But, we still have cars like the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins, and Mazda recently hit us with the new MX-5 Miata. BMW and Toyota are about to bring a new Z4 and Supra to the market within the next year, so you could say things are starting to look better, but we’re still missing something. I’m talking about, of course, the Honda S2000. And, while Honda hasn’t said a word about a successor, we could have already seen a glimmer of hope in the 2017 Honda Sports EV Concept. The question is, does Honda have the balls to step back into the compact sports car market? Let’s talk some more about it!
Between 2016 and 2020 the list of supercars will include the Ford GT, the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Aston Man Valkyrie, and at least one new car from Ferrari. But what are sports cars fans with smaller wallets supposed to do? We have some great cars like the Miata and BMW is bringing a Z4 replacement soon, but so many great cars don’t exist anymore. Especially in the “affordable” range.
So we started talking in the office about what sports cars we want to see revived, and we settled on a pair of classic sports cars and one car that is officially dead, but not out of showrooms yet. The Porsche 944, Honda S2000, and the Dodge Viper are all in our dream garage of dead cars we want to return. Keep reading to find out why!
The death of the Honda S2000 back in 2009 marked a sad day in Honda history. Hell, to some of us Honda fans, it could be considered the point when Honda started to fall apart from the great enthusiast brand it once was. The demise of the S2000 left a lot of fans uneasy, and it took Honda out of the two-seater roadster market. It wasn’t necessarily just the fans of the S2000 that suffered – since its demise, one could argue that Honda’s lineup has become a bit of a mess. Hondas used to be engineered to be better than the rest. They were stylish and offered BMW-quality luxury at a reasonable price. But now, finally, Honda might be taking the steps to return to greatness.
According to Autocar, insiders from none other than Honda have revealed that Honda is finally working on a successor for the S2000. Granted, the rumor has been raised before – probably by unhappy fans that find the prime examples of older S2000s increasingly hard to come by – but, this time, Honda has even more reason to follow through. There are a number of hot little roadsters out there, and Honda doesn’t have one. Cars like the new BMW Z4, the next Nissan Z-Car, the new Mazda MX-5 and MX-5-derived 124 Spider from Fiat all show the market for two-seater roadsters is growing. Adding to the hope that this isn’t just a rumor, representatives from Honda’s engineering department recently attended an S2000 owners’ club event to get input from the enthusiasts the brand has left behind.
If a new S2000 is in the works, we’ll likely see it come in at least two trims – one with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, and another with the 306 horsepower, 2.0-liter from the Civic Type R. The latter would obviously be the high-end trim level. Of course, that 2.0-liter could be saved for a later R-version of the new S2000 or an Acura-branded variant. Regardless of engine options, expect the new S2000 to have a six-speed short-throw gearbox, because that’s what a proper roadster is supposed to have.
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It just took one quick glance at the 2016 Honda S660 to realize that it would have a very difficult time in the U.S. market. The positively microscopic car is nearly two feet shorter than a 2016 Mazda MX-5/Miata, and it has a three-cylinder engine that displaces 658 cc and produces 63 horsepower. That has the potential to be a fun car to drive, but it would be such a tiny niche market that American Honda executive vice president John Mendel has said that he doesn’t expect it to come stateside. Saying specifically “I wouldn’t put my chips on that.”
Honda does still have some sports car plans in the works, even if the S660 isn’t coming. We already know that a 300-horsepower 2016 Honda Civic Type-R is finally coming to U.S. shores next year, and a full-sized design study of a mid-engine sports car was recently shown at Honda’s R&D facility in California. Officially, this has nothing to do with future plans, but Mendel has said that dealers are asking for new sports cars every day, any sort of sports car. So hopefully we’ll be seeing something new soon, at least a concept, and maybe something to rival the Scion FR-S.
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Motorsports concoctions like the 2015 Polaris Slingshot and 2015 KTM X-Bow GT4 (and let’s not forget the 2001 Suzuki GSX-R/4) are a niche market, but it looks like Honda might be looking to take the segment mainstream. Set to debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Honda Project 2&4 is a conceptual vehicle that Honda promises will provide “the freedom of a motorcycle and the maneuverability of a car.”
As its name suggests, the Project 2&4 is a collaboration between Honda’s motorcycle team (2 wheels) in Asaka, Japan, and its automobile team (4 wheels) in Wako, Japan. While the design of the concept is largely unknown despite the teaser, Honda did reveal a few details about the exciting new vehicle.
For starters, the Project 2&4 will be a four-wheeled vehicle, and the overhead teaser shot shows that it will have an open-wheel design. The most intriguing element of the Project 2&4 is that it is powered by Honda’s race-ready RC123V V-4 engine. In various degrees of tuning, this engine is used in both street bike and MotoGP race bike applications, and while the final power figures and curb weight are unknown, the Project 2&4 will certainly be an exciting vehicle.
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A spiritual successor to the Honda S600 and the Pininfarina-designed Honda Beat, the S660 Kei-roadster has gone on sale in Japan. The petite model was previewed by a funky-looking concept car at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, so reaching mass-production status in under two years is probably a first, even for Honda.
Even though it has a retractable roof, which normally adds weight, the tiny mid-engine roadster is part of the Kei car category in Japan, weighing less than 2,000 pounds and measuring under 11.2 feet in length. Being part of that special category also means that the 660cc engine has its displacement restricted to that figure by law, but unconfirmed reports suggest that a hotter model sold outside Japan may benefit from a turbocharged, 1.0-liter engine, with its handling developed in cooperation with Mugen.
Updated 08/11/2015: A new report from Edmunds indicates that Honda is considering offering the S660 on the U.S. market too. Of course there are some questions that need answering first, like "It’s got to be commercially viable. It’s got to serve a purpose from a brand standpoint. What does it do for the brand?" - Honda. But a decision should come down soon.
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Honda’s made its fair share of sports cars over the years; giant killers with a reputation for taking on the biggest boys in Europe with Japanese power, poise and practicality. You’ll probably remember best the most recent of Honda’s almighty go-karts, the S2000 that went out of production in 2009. It’s been the darling of tuners and hot-rodders for more than a decade, a kind of "man’s car" to the Mazda Miata’s...not that. But modern S-Series Hondas aren’t the only ones attracting builders and turning heads — case in point this sick, rat-rodded 1964 S600.
If the tiny S600 seems slightly familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen a perfectly restored stocker featured on Jay Leno’s Garage. This car is that Honda’s evil twin. Built for (as the owner claims) "around $5,000," the faded-and-rust-red S600 here is a true Frankenstein of motorcycle power, BMW drivetrain, Mazda suspension and just a bit of classic Honda sheetmetal on top.
This little beast might not have the looming presence of, say, a Viper — but its howling 12,000 rpm exhaust note certainly makes the point that bad things can come in the smallest packages.
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With the new NSX on the horizon, the company’s return to Formula 1 and the eminent 306-horsepower Civic Type R, Honda is clearly looking to reestablish itself as a performance brand, and there’s likely more excitement on the way, in the form of a new mid-engine S2000 and a more performance-minded CR-Z. Both could get updated versions of Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive hybrid powertrains, and we could see a preview of this updated tech competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the very near future.
We recently told about the Honda S1000 — a mid-engine, compact performance car based on the S660 kei car currently being considered. According to Austrailia’s Motoring, the next S2000 would be positioned between the S1000 and the NSX, and against the Porsche Boxster/,Cayman, Alfa Romeo 4C and Nissan’s next Z car. Power is expected to be well north of 300 horsepower and could come courtesy of a more fuel-efficient version of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. A pair of electric motors will power the front wheels, while power to the rears would be channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
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Honda’s new S660 kei-sports car is many different things. It’s the spiritual successor to the mid-engine Honda Beat kei-car. It shares its naming convention with Honda’s first car, the 1963 S500. According to reports from the other side of the world, it’s also every bit the fun-size sports car you hoped it would be, but unfortunately for the rest of the world, it’s not available outside of Japan.
But, that could change, thanks to a more powerful S1000 variant, proposed for export markets, and a faster S660 Type R for Japan. According to Australia’s Motoring, the S1000 will be powered by a new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder VTEC, and will have a fixed roof, complete with snorkel-style engine air intake, and a 200mm increase in width to accommodate wider tires. The S660 Type R, meanwhile, will also get a hardtop and a more potent version of the 660cc engine. Both cars are expected to have in excess of 100 horsepower, which has some fairly large implications for the future of Japan’s kei-car segment.
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The new S660 kei car is slated to hit Japanese dealerships early this April, and to commemorate the occasion, Honda is launching the limited-run Concept Edition, which brings with it enhanced exterior styling and upgraded cabin equipment. Only 660 units will be produced, all of which are destined for the Japanese market.
The two-door roadster was originally seen at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and is essentially a spiritual successor to the 90s-era Beat, featuring an exceptionally low curb weight and very compact dimensions. Honda designed the vehicle around the philosophy of “Heart Beat Sport,” promising a driving experience in line with full-fledged sports cars.
It’s unfortunate that those of us residing stateside won’t get a chance to take the wheel of this simple, fun drop-top, but for anyone living in the Land of the Rising Sun, the S660 should deliver plenty of cheap thrills. While not extensive, the upgrades seen on the Concept Edition do provide some incentive to get in on Honda’s new project. But the question is, are they worth the bumped-up price tag?
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While sports car enthusiasts were hoping that Honda would finally revive the S2000 to give the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 a run for its money, Honda had other plans. Those plans included a successor to the tiny Beat, which arrived as the S660 Concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. After a year of complete silence on the matter, a leaked brochure confirmed the S660 was on its way to the production line with a mid-mounted, three-cylinder engine rated at 63 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. What the brochure didn’t say, though, was whether Honda would sell the S660 globally.
Come 2015 and we still don’t know much about this tiny, sporty two-seater, but I can’t say the same about the folks over at Japanese auto website Love Cars!, who have already driven the S660. It’s all documented in the five-minute video above, in which a white S660 that looks as production ready as they get is being driven on Japan’s Sodegaura Forest Raceway. What’s more, it seems there are at least three more examples of the compact roadster at the track, which suggests the test might have taken place during a media event. Unfortunately, I’ve skipped too many Japanese classes to be able to decipher what the man behind the wheel has to say.
Bottom line: the S660’s specs are still a mystery, but at least I can confirm the sports car is ready to hit auto shows and Japanese showrooms later on.
Back in 2013, Honda revealed the 2013 S660 Concept as a successor to the tiny, mid-engined Honda Beat, which was built from 1991 to 1996. The idea was nearly identical; take a compact, lightweight, roadster and stuff it with a small-displacement, mid-mounted engine to deliver a quick, yet affordable, two-seater. Come 2014 and rumors began swirling about a production version, although there was no actual confirmation from Honda. More recently though, several scans from what appears to be an 2016 S660 brochure have surfaced online providing us with the first details surrounding the Japanese roadster.
Not surprising, the vehicle retains most of the concept’s design cues, including the front and rear fascias, the pointy shape, and the side scoops. The most notable modification is noticeable on the rear, where a more conventional hood replaces the concept’s and its rollover hoops. There’s also a center-mounted exhaust pipe, and, more importantly, a retractable soft-top. A photo of the interior reveals a compact and simple cockpit with a clean dash, a multi-function steering wheel, a touchscreen and digital instrument cluster.
The leak includes technical data as well, confirming the production car will retain the concept’s three-cylinder engine configuration. The sheet even contains performance specs, suggesting the tiny unit will crank out 63 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. Unfortunately, I skipped on Japanese classes and I can’t tell which of those figures represents the car’s curb weight, but I’m positive the S660 will tip the scale at 2,200 pounds.
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With the Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, and Mazda MX-5, we aren’t exactly experiencing a drought of small, affordable, rear-driven Japanese sports cars. But that certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t hope to add one more to the list with the S660. Back in 2013, Honda announced the concept at the Tokyo Motor Show as a successor to the 90s era Beat. The idea is simple; take an extremely light, compact roadster, and drop in a mid-mounted, 660-cc, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine good enough for 64 horsepower. While that may not sound like a whole lot, the real performance figures depend on what this two-seater will ultimately weigh. If curb weight ticks in at under a ton, like the concept version, the S660 could be the proverbial road-going go-kart.
As production starts to swing into action, it’s unclear whether the S660 will ever make it off of the shores of Japan. However, according to the Australian publication Motoring.com.au, it’s possible that Honda will create more powerful versions to offer international markets. This includes both a tuned-up version of the 660-cc engine rated at 88 horsepower, and a rumored 1.0-liter turbo model, called the S1000, with 138 horsepower. Both could incorporate larger wheels, fender arches, and carbon-fiber aero.
Additionally, as Motoring.com.au points out, the EV-STER concept, which debuted in 2011, bears a striking resemblance to the new S660, perhaps hinting at an electric powertrain for the coupe sometime in the future.
With Honda’s long history of creating small, fun sports cars, we certainly hope to get our hands on the new S660 and its beefed-up brethren. If not, then scratch another entry into the list of cool cars we’ll never flog on US soil.
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