The successor of the model Honda S2000 will be positioned by the Japanese company as a «quicker alternative» to the Mazda MX-5 roadsters and Fiat 124 Spider. The periodical Autocar reports about this fact as referred to its own source.
Mazda MX-5 is offered with the 130 or the 160-powerful atmospheric engines of 1,5 and 2,0 liters of volume respectively. Fiat 124 Spider will be available in the USA with pumping unit of 1.4 and the output of 160 horse powers (there are 140 powers in Europe).
The novelty will have front-engine layout and a drive for rear wheels. According to preliminary data, the basic version will be completed with the modernized 1,5-litre “turbo four”, the output of which will be increased from 150 to 180 horse powers.
The more powerful modification will be equipped with a deforced version of the two-liter supercharging Civic Type R hot-hatch engine, where the hot- hatch output is 310 horse powers. In addition, it will receive «extreme suspension and chassis settings», as well as an increased friction differential of the rear axle. Such a modification will be able to constitute competition of the «modified» version of Fiat 124 Spider from the Abarth Company.
The engines of both variants will combine with a six-step mechanical gearbox.
The source Autocar emphasized the successor of S2000 would be just the roadster with traditional IC-engine, but not a hybrid coupe, as it was assumed previously. At the same time, the management of Honda still considers a possibility of creation of a similar model, which will grind to a halt a step lower than super car NSX. A 1,5 or 2,0-litre turbo engine and electric motor can belong to its powertrain. The total unit output will be from 300 to 400 horse powers.
The assumed exterior of the successor of Honda S2000 roadster. .
In addition, the Honda Company is developing a completely electric sport car where technologies of the racing hatchback CR-Z, which took part in the competition in a lift to the mountain Pikes- Peak, will be applied. The novelty will be fit with four electric motors of around 350 horse powers of the total output.