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Is a 70th Anniversary Honda S2000 in the Works for 2018?

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2005 Honda S2000

The 2005 Honda S2000
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American Honda devotees have been clamoring for a new sports car for quite some time, and it sounds like their prayers might soon be answered. There’s currently a rumor going around that Honda will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018 with the release of a new S2000 roadster.

Now, we shouldn’t get our hopes up too high—we’ve been burned before. The adorably compact S660 roadster that many hoped would be sold in America is staying in Japan, and the speculation of a mid-engined sports car positioned below the NSX seems to have stalled.

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But it would make sense for Honda to resurrect the S2000 for its 70th anniversary, considering the car was first introduced in 1998 to mark the automaker’s 50th. Additionally, an unnamed source has reportedly said that the vehicle is scheduled to arrive in 2018, along with a commemorative motorcycle.

“Based on the company’s MotoGP contender, the bike will be a detuned, roadgoing version of the RC213V-S,” the source told Car and Driver. “As for the car, expect something special. Size-wise, it’ll be similar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but the Honda will have a lot more power.”

Though Honda does not have a platform for a compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car, the source seemed unconcerned by that fact, pointing that the new NSX and S660 are both “coupes that have unique, dedicated platforms.”

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The new S2000 may take its cues from the Acura Precision concept and feature a front-mounted 2.0-liter turbo with a rear-mounted motor and two front motors that employ a torque-vectoring system. That turbo would likely be a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s own engine, which is manufactured in America. The vehicle itself would likely be built alongside the NSX at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

“A large complement of R&D staff from Japan are already in Ohio working on the car,” the source claims. “They have more time now that the NSX is finished.”