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2020 Honda S2000 Study

2020 Honda S2000 Study

It’s Too Good For Its Own Good

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.

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Rumors Restart About a Rear-Wheel-Drive Honda Roadster

Rumors Restart About a Rear-Wheel-Drive Honda Roadster

The first rumors on a possible Honda roadster started back in 2010. Now that the S2000 has been laid to rest for quite a while, Honda is ready to move on to something else. According to reports, the Japanese automaker is seriously considering offering a new open-top sports car to take on the new Toyota GT 86 and the perennial leader in the class, the Mazda MX-5.

A report from GT Channel claims that the new compact roadster will be "small, quick and light" and will come in at an affordable price. GT Channel also claims that the new roadster, which is internally known as the "S1500," is already on the drawing boards in Honda’s Tokyo headquarters.

The reports head into speculation from there, but there is one other tidbit that comes from a "source" in Honda, and that is the claim that this new roadster has a goal price of under $20,000..

We’ll leave this whole report at this... We have heard numerous claims that an S2000 successor is in the works, and we really want to believe them. However, we have to take any reports like this with a grain of salt because none have panned out yet.

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2013 Honda S2000 Modulo Climax

2013 Honda S2000 Modulo Climax

Honda announced the first details on its display lineup for the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon and it looks quite promising. The coolest model announced for Tokyo is the S2000 Modulo Climax — an S2000-based concept model that features cutting-edge aeroform design and a chic interior coordinated in black and burgundy.

No other details have been provided, but it looks like the concept’s outward appearance is quite similar to the production version S2000, sans some minor updates. The interior, on the other hand, looks fully updated, with lots of leather used on the seats, dashboard and steering wheel. For the interior, Honda opted for a black and burgundy red combination, matching the red used on the exterior.

We expect the S2000 Modulo Climax to be a hybrid vehicle, but we will have full details on it in January 2013 when the model will make its official debut in Tokyo.

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Newly Signed Proton and Honda Partnership Could Return Honda to the Sports Car Realm

Newly Signed Proton and Honda Partnership Could Return Honda to the Sports Car Realm

There had been some reports floating around that DRB-Hicom was seeking a strategic partnership from a Japanese automaker lately, and we just received word that a deal is now in place. Proton will be teaming up with Honda to develop technology enhancements and a new product lineup, as well as share platforms and facilities.

For the most part, Proton builds cheap econoboxes for the UK market, so the direct team up is really not too inspiring. However, peeling back the skin a little bit, you reveal that this deal will likely include its subsidiary, Lotus. While Lotus would benefit greatly from having the technology that Honda has to offer and some financial relief by building certain components together, we are mostly interested in what this deal could potentially bring Honda.

Honda really doesn’t need Proton, as its econobox lineup is stout, but it is lacking a sports car, ever since the S2000 fizzled out in a fit of torque-lacking rage. With Lotus’ expertise being in the lightweight sports car realm and both Honda and Lotus looking for ways to build sports cars without taking on 100 percent of the risk, a team up between the two would be equally beneficial.

We all heard rumors about the S3000 a few years ago, and Lotus has the perfect line of 3.5-liter, V-6 engines sitting in its Evora lineup. So why not team up on a shared model?

According to reports, DRB-Hicom will be laying out Proton’s business plan next month, which will likely include Lotus updates, so we will keep an eye out for this new business plan, and how Honda and Lotus are involved.

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Honda Will Release an All-New Roadster in 2014

Honda Will Release an All-New Roadster in 2014

After the Del Sol failed to grab buyers’ attention and the S2000 pretty much fizzled into nothingness after nine model years, Honda shelved its roadster-building practices for a few years. That being said, in a speech today, Honda’s CEO, Takanobu Ito, has announced that the automaker will again dive into the roadster-building realm, just not as deep as it was before.

According to his statements, Honda will release a new roaster in 2014, but there are two problems here. Problem No. 1, this roadster will only be available in the Japanese market, making us wonder if an S2000 successor will ever show up. Problem No. 2 is the fact that this new roadster will be based on one of the Honda’s “mini-vehicle” models. In other words, we are looking at something along the lines of a Geo Metro LSi convertible – if you even remember that slouch – not an S2000 successor.

According to Ito, this new roadster will feature “strong vehicle dynamics,” which sounds promising, but could ultimately be the typical automotive lip service. From what this sounds like, Honda is planning to actually produce a version of the EV-STER Concept that has been rumored to hit 60 mph in just 5 seconds and have a total electric range of 100 miles – okay, so maybe it’s a little cooler than the Metro LSi, but still not an S2000 replacement.

Given Honda’s tendency to let models hover in Asia for a while before releasing them worldwide, we anticipate that this new roadster will make its way to the U.S. after about two or three successful years. If it fails in the Japanese market, Honda will simply fold it up and act like it never happened.

Now for the big question; what will Honda name this new roadster? Will it bring back the much maligned Del Sol name or maybe finally cater to the purists that want the CRX name back so badly that they can taste it? We doubt that either name will make a comeback, but it would be kind of cool to see the CRX name again. The Del Sol, eh, not so much…

Stay tuned!

Click past the jump to read the full summary of the speech.

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2011 Honda EV-STER Concept

2011 Honda EV-STER Concept

Ever since the Honda S2000 was dropped in 2009, rumors surrounding a a hybrid successor for the roadster have been buzzing. Turns out, those rumors may be true now that Honda has announced the EV-STER Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show. Could this be the beginning of the next small roadster? So far, signs point to yes. The Concept is being described as "a next-generation compact EV sports model, fun to drive while achieving excellent environmental performance." It is an all-electric vehicle that combines the pleasure of driving with zero CO2 emissions.

The new EV-STER Concept is made of carbon materials that help reduce the vehicle’s total weight. It is powered by an electric engine combined with a RWD system and a 10kWh lithium-ion battery that ensure a driving range of approximately 100 miles. The concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 100 mph.

The concept uses an easy-to-operate twin-lever steering that was adopted for the thorough pursuit of the joy of driving. Moreover, the new concept model enables the driver to make his/her own adjustments to some vehicle characteristics such as motor output and suspension settings, to embody the joy of maneuvering to the fullest extent.

UPDATE 12/15/11: Honda has officially announced that the EV-STER Concept has been green-lighted for production. The news comes courtesy of Auto Motor und Sport, who stated that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has said that the roadster is headed to production and could be offered as early as next year in both standard gasoline and electric powertrains.

UPDATE 02/08/12: Honda has released a new promo video of the EV-STER Concept, which you can check out by clicking on the photo above. Enjoy!

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More details on the future Honda S2000

More details on the future Honda S2000

After Honda announced that the S2000 small roadster would be dropped, rumors started to circulate abouta successor for it. Today the British magazine AutoCar is offering new details on the future generation S2000. It will be a mid-engined, rear-drive model, most likely featuring a hybrid powertrain. The car will make its official debut in 2014.

The new S2000 will be based on a modified version of the Jazz platform. Rumors of the new S2000 being a hybrid model started because of Honda’s design chief, Nobuki Ebisawa who apparently sparked their curiousity about future hybrid models when he began talking about the new CR-Z: "That car is only one shape of Honda’s hybrid sports cars in the current age." So it is expected that the new S2000 will feature a larger petrol engine than the CR-Z’s unit combined with an electric motor. Featuring an aluminum construction, the new S2000 will be capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in only 6 seconds.

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Honda prepares compact roadster for 2014

Honda prepares compact roadster for 2014

Honda will develop a two-seat compact roadster considered to be the successor of models like the Beat and the S800. Previous rumors suggested that the new Beat will be an open-top version of the hybrid CR-Z, but it turns out those rumors weren’t true. The new model will be built on an entirely new platform, will feature a mid-engine configuration, and a rear wheel drive system. Of course it will be offered at a very competitive price.

Produced from May 1991 to February 1996, the old Beat was a model offered exclusively on the Japanese market (where the car qualified for large tax and regulations discounts), however, the new model will be offered all over the world.

The old-generation Beat was powered by a 656 cc engine with a maximum output of 63 HP. However, for the new model Honda will opt for a bigger engine because "sales of the new model are not limited this time just to the domestic market."

The new Beat is expected to go on sale in both Europe and America by the end of 2014.

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Honda HSV-010 GT Racer - road version rendering

Honda HSV-010 GT Racer - road version rendering

We are all excited with the Honda HSV-010 GT racer, and more than that, curious about a street version of the car. Due to the harsh financial situation, Honda does not plan to produce such a car in 2010, but we can hope for one later on, as the HSV was intended from the beginning as a street-racing duo and is a suitable concept for production. We can imagine an eventual street version as being of course less wide, with minimum ground clearance, more discrete spoilers and smooth flowing lines. The street-version engine could be based on the racing V8, but with a slight displacement increment (from 3.4 to 5 litres) and a little revved down.

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Honda working on Beat successor

Honda working on Beat successor

Honda Beat was a rear mid-engined two-seat roadster car produced from 1991 to 1996. And how small cars will be the future Honda has plans to build a successor for it. In the latest number of the Japanese magazine Best Car there is an article about the future car, but how Japanese is not our language we will only speculate.

If the Beat does come back, it will likely share the platform of Honda’s other current kei cars, the Life and the Zest. This means it would be a front-engined car with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Expect the new model to debut sometime in 2011.

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2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

2009 Honda S2000 Ultimate Edition

On Monday Honda announced the 2009 will be the final year for the S2000 roadster. To commemorate the high-revver’s final year the event the company will reveal a special edition S2000 for Europe. It’s called the Ultimate Edition, and we’ll see first in it Geneva right before it hits the showrooms.

The Ultimate Edition S200 is painted in a Grand Prix White exterior color and comes with graphite colored alloy wheels. Inside gets red leather furnishings and red stitching on the accessories. Ultimate Editions will be marked out by their unique numbered plaques on the kickplates, denoting their position in the series.

It will be powered by the same 2.0-liter 9000 rpm VTEC engine that delivers 240 hp. There has been not special edition marked for the U.S. yet, but we’d be perfectly happy even if Honda would drop a few regular S2000s on our doorstep on its way out of town.

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Shed a tear - there will be no S2000 after 2009

Shed a tear - there will be no S2000 after 2009

Earlier this month we got word that Honda canceled the S2000’s replacement. From that we knew the days were numbered for the aging high-revving roadster. Now Honda has officially announced that 2009 will be the last year for the S2000.

First premiering in 1999, the S2000 had a quick-shifting transmission, striking looks, and 9,000 RPM redline that made it exceptionally great. Although there inernal pieces of the car were reworked in 2004, the car remained relatively untouched for a decade. This allowed the competitors like the BMW Z4 andNissan 350/370Z roadster to catch up, leaving the 2009 model to be reduced to only great.

We’ll miss the spunky little Japanese rocket, and Honda if you’re reading this, just because the S2000 is discontinued doesn’t mean there still isn’t a spot for it in our fleet (please).

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Honda S2000

2009 Honda S2000

Honda today revealed details about the 2009 S2000 that will go on sale at a price of $34,795 for the S2000 and $36,795 for the lightweight S2000 CR.

The S2000 is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The S2000 includes an electronic Drive-by-Wire (DBW) Throttle System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Maintenance Minder system, standard headrest speakers, an outside temperature gauge and an engine start button. Air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD audio system are standard equipment on the S2000, optional on the S2000 CR for weight savings.

For 2009, the S2000 is available in six colors, including, Laguna Blue Pearl, Silverstone Metallic, New Formula Red, Rio Yellow Pearl, Berlina Black and Grand Prix White. The S2000 CR is available in four colors: Rio Yellow Pearl; Grand Prix White; Berlina Black; and the CR exclusive, Apex Blue Pearl.

Press release after the jump.

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Honda S2000's successor rendering

Honda S2000’s successor rendering

Honda will launch the next generation S2000 in 2010, with sales to begin worldwide starting 2011. The future S2000 will feature a more aggressive design, with a totally new front-end, with bigger air intakes and the high-tech optic units.

It will offer two new engines, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder V-TEC unit delivering approximately 250Hp and a 3.5-litre V6 V-TEC unit with about 350Hp.

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2009 Honda S2000 successor

2009 Honda S2000 successor

Honda will launch the next generation S2000 next year to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary! The S2000 Roadster first launched in 1999 encountered a few changes in its short life time, but none of them being impressive.

The future S2000 will feature a more aggressive design, with a totally new front-end, with bigger air intakes and the high-tech optic units.

About the next generation S2000 there are two kinds of rumors. First one says the 2009 S2000 will grow in size and will be a four-seats convertible that will compete with models like Mercedes SLK and BMW Z4. Not very big changes for this to happen!

The second rumor, and the most plausible one, says the future S200 will be smaller, the same size with its biggest competitor Mazda MX-5 Miata. And we think this is the way Honda will go.

As about its engines, Honda will keep the current one: a 237 hp, 2.2-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC(R) 4-cylinder engine mated by a six speed manual transmission.

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Honda S2000 with Type-S suspension on sale in UK

Honda S2000 with Type-S suspension on sale in UK

Honda’s refreshed S2000 is now on sale in the UK with new suspension settings to make the iconic two-seater more communicative, predictable and exhilarating to drive. The S2000’s handling and performance characteristics have been enhanced by changes to the suspension. The new set-up is identical to that fitted to its Japanese counterpart – the S2000 Type-S.

Re-tuned dampers, uprated springs and thicker anti-roll bars give the car greater stability, agile handling and more responsive steering, to help harness the S2000’s high-revving 240PS 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine.

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2008 Honda S2000 CR

2008 Honda S2000 CR

The 2008 Honda S2000 represents the purest expression of Honda fun-to-drive DNA with its 2-seat, open-topped roadster configuration and sophisticated front-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform. As a true sports car that can serve as a practical and fun daily driver and also feel equally at home on a racetrack, this concept further evolves with the addition of a club racer-inspired S2000 CR to the 2008 Honda lineup.

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Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

Honda S2000 CR only for the US market

At the New York International Auto Show Honda unveiled the S2000 CR Prototype, a higher level of track-worthy performance and style to the S2000 roadster. the car will go into production and will be available only for the US market as a special edition S2000.

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2007 Honda S2000 CR Prototype

2007 Honda S2000 CR Prototype

The club racer-inspired 2008 Honda S2000 CR Prototype making its world debut at the New York International Auto Show introduces a higher level of track-worthy performance and style to the S2000 roadster, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today.
The S2000 CR will be available as an entirely new S2000 trim level when it goes on sale in the fall of 2007. The lighter, stiffer and more aggressive overall design is engineered to maximize the S2000’s potential on a racetrack with the goal (...)

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Race-inspired version of the S2000

Race-inspired version of the S2000

A new club racer-inspired version of the Honda S2000 will take the legendary vehicle’s track-worthy performance to an entirely new level when it makes its world debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 4, American Honda Motor C announced yesterday. Engineered around the expectations and needs of Honda performance enthusiasts, the S2000 CR will be available as a new trim level when the aggressively-tuned vehicle goes on sale in the fall of 2007.
This car will be lighter and (...)

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Honda S2000 Type R?

Honda S2000 Type R?

Honda might drop the production of the S2000 in 2008 and introduce a R-Type derivative. The Type-R was originally conceived in 2004, but now it will have more horsepower and less weight for added punch and align more effectively with the Mazdaspeed Miata.
The S2000 Type R model year 2004 proposal (official document from Honda) consisted of: target of 100kg weight reduction balanced engine internals (Type R treatment) Type R exclusive interior air conditioning becomes a (...)

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2007 Honda S2000

2007 Honda S2000

Widely considered the quintessential roadster-style sports car, the S2000 is the performance icon for the Honda brand and combines uncompromising racetrack-ready performance with everyday usability.

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2006 Honda S2000

2006 Honda S2000

The S2000 receives significant enhancements for 2006 with the addition of an electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA). Widely considered the quintessential roadster-style sports car and performance icon for the Honda brand, the S2000 combines uncompromising racetrack-ready performance with everyday usability. For 2006, Honda builds on that foundationwith significant updates to further improve performance and refinement.

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