• Jul 15th 2009 at 2:27PM
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The latest reports out of Japan could spell bad news for Honda S2000 enthusiasts the world over. According the Best Car, the rear-wheel drive roadster's replacement will likely ditch Honda's high-revving F20C in favor of the second-generation hybrid drivetrain slated to be fitted to the Accord, and further, the gasoline-electric mill will be driving the front wheels.

Although we've been hearing rumors about the S2000's successor for a few years, Honda hasn't provided any indication about if and where the new model is headed. Best Car contends that the new convertible – likely to be fitted with a retractable hard-top – will slot in above the all-new Honda CR-Z due to debut in production form at this year's Tokyo Motor Show. If that's the case, we suspect the next S2000 will be marketed as more of a boulevard cruiser than a back-road bomber, and that could mean that it might be sold as an Acura if it arrives in the States at all. If it does land here badged as a Honda, might we suggest calling it Del Sol instead?

[Source: Best Car via 7Tune]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like someone from Mazda designed that front end. I'm pretty scared of that design behind the front fenders.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a true shame, but wrong-wheel-drive fits Honda's product portfolio much better than RWD. It will certainly be an inferior car to the present S2000, but sales may actually go up. Enthusiasts may understand the superiority of a sports car driven from the rear wheels, but Honda is in business to make money.

      I'm sticking with Mazda, who appears to be sticking to the RWD formula with the MX-5 and RX-8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I rather like it. I'm sure this rendering doesn't do it justice. We'll wait to see the final product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I found a great S2000 site. www.s2000source.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      A FWD Honda, no, really?

      I have been a Honda fan for years and years and can say without a doubt that Honda isn't even on the radar for my next car. I could get a Civic that is a small FWD, or an Accord that is a little bigger FWD, how about an Acura TL that is...drumroll...FWD. Pitiful pitiful Honda, you are a disgrace with everything you make with four wheels, and to think you make such motorcycles and ATVs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they want to make a 'Del Sol' out of a Civic, OK that's fine. But don't give me this bullshyte that S2000 owners want a) Hybrid power or b) FWD
      • 6 Years Ago
      This sucks for sure. The silver lining though is that being an S2000 at least it won't suffer from torque steer. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        it doesn't matter what the interior is like, if its fwd and priced against real sports-cars it will flop
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who knows, with a hybrid engine maybe the thing will actually have some torque.

        Let's hope it doesn't have a bin-parts interior and dated design when it's released this time...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mr Honda

      Please just reintroduce the last generation Honda CRX. Think of all the money you could save in R&D and advertising as the CRX had a loyal following that spanned generations. I am in my mid forties and owned one of the earlier CRX's, my friends son has the last version and is in his early twenties. Both of us would be in the local Honda store in a heartbeat if a new one came out. Just remember, no airbags, ABS, stability control, traction control, power windows, power locks, power steering, A/C or any extra weight. Include a highly tuned 1.5l to 1.8l engine with a short shifting 5 speed manual. I would allow a 6 sp DSG auto, similar to the Volkswagen unit for those who can't shift themselves. To hell with hybrids! Take out all the unnecessary crap in a modern vehicle that I have listed above and it would take less energy to build the vehicle in the first place, less energy to propel the vehicle to cruising speed due to less weight, less energy to maintain that speed and less energy to recycle the vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is sad, truly sad. What has become of the Honda, and for that matter Toyota, that I knew?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lets remake the s2k with a similar body style (long hood), lightweight, 6spd or dual clutch, keep it rwd, and put the 4cyl turbo in it from the rdx.

      Lets make it fwd, fugly, slushbox, heavy hard top, underpowered high efficiency 4cyl, add weight by making it hybrid, and call it the new S3000! $35k

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd call it Del Stupid. A high horsepower, low slung coupe/cabrio isn't a boulevard cruiser and shouldn't be FWD. You would think Honda might have learned a lesson from its Acura division and its overwrought previous gen FWD TL S-Type. Does torque steer mean anything to these guys? A hybrid is fine. Green is the word of the year (if not the upcoming decade) and if the performance numbers work, no one will care if electricity, diesel, or elephant farts fuel it.

      Flip the chassis and drivetrain around, make it run in reverse for all I care, but let the darn rear wheels drive it.
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