Nine years separated the arrival of the original Acura NSX and the Honda S2000. By that time, the NSX was closer to the end of its fifteen-year production cycle than it was to its beginning. The latest word has it that not only is Honda planning a successor to the S2000, but it's not about to wait that long after the new NSX arrives before it's rolled out.

While the S2000 was a front-mid-engined roadster, its successor will, according to the latest from Auto Express (which we are taking with a grain of salt), be a mid-engined coupe – closer, in other words, to the NSX than the S2000. Power would come from a more potent version of the 2.0-liter turbo four developed for the upcoming new Civic Type R, possibly as part of a hybrid system derived from Honda's upcoming Formula One powertain to develop over 400 horsepower.

Whether the new sports car would revive the S2000 nameplate, and whether it would wear the Honda or Acura badge in the United States, remain to be seen. As does its potential production site: while the previous S2000 was built at the same Takanezawa plant in Tochigi as the original NSX, the new NSX will be built at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. The new S660 roadster, meanwhile, is set to be assembled at the same Yachiyo plant in Yokkaichi as the original Honda Beat.


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      Feurig
      • 7 Months Ago
      The only thing I'm afraid of here is who the S2000 successor would be competing with. Hopefully it won't be an Acura vehicle competing with the likes of the Z4 and Cayman and such. One of things that made the S2000 so desirable is the value you got from the price.
        domingorobusto
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        This. The S2000 was popular because it was affordable. Not cheap, but a damn sight cheaper (and better) than the contemporary Z3 and Boxster. I'm afariad any hybrid system would ruin that, and that engine is PLENTY capable by itself if they keep the chassis light, as they should.
        jonnybimmer
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        My concern isn't so much an increase in pricing but rather falling behind in terms of performance and noteworthiness. Honda's recent track record has shown that they're releasing cars that are behind the times (and its competition) in terms of performance. This is not to say that their cars are bad, the NSX for an example could still be a great car just as the original was (which I doubt, but let's just pretend it could be). However, since it was announced, the rest of the automotive world has taken away almost all of the unique advantages it would have had when it (eventually) is available for purchase. Ignoring the 3 hybrid hypercars that have recently debuted, there's also the more "affordable" BMW i8, another MR hybrid sports car, that stole some of the NSX's dimming limelight. I would not be surprised if by the time the NSX comes out, Audi would have some green version of the next R8 (E-Tron?) and Porsche a Hybrid 911 to continue stealing away the NSX's market. And of course, this is before taking Toyota and Nissan into account, both companies capable of putting out a noteworthy hybrid sports car in a handful of years. Point is, when the NA1 came out, it held numbers that matched the Ferrari F355. When the Integra Type R/RSX Type S came out, they outperformed almost everything in their price ranges. When the S2000 came out, it too proved to be the best track-worthy car in its market (STI/EVO weren't available in the US yet). Since then though, Honda has yet to produce anything that can directly keep up with its competition. By themselves, they're still great cars, but "This is a good car" and "This car is better than the rest" are two completely different challenges and I have my doubts Honda will be able to pull off the latter.
        sstowes
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        Yeah, but where would it compete? RWD at that price? Possible. MR? A little tougher, especially with the specs listed above. The last affordable MR sold in America (that I can think of) was the Toyota MR-S. That had a base price around $25K but only came with 138hp and wasn't a hybrid. Add the above plus the necessary accoutrements and bells and whistles and the base price easily jumps to anywhere from mid-30s to mid-40s. Were I Honda, I wouldn't bother NOT trying to compete with the Z4 or Cayman (or the upcoming Toyota/BMW co-developed car, and likely, the future Nissan Z). Honda's engineering can compete with the best when given the opportunity. History has shown this time and time again. Top brass just needs to stop cutting the company off at the knees.
      gargamoth
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nine years separated the arrival of the original Acura NSX and the Honda S2000. Stop writing and start building, we're not getting any younger!
      sstowes
      • 7 Months Ago
      "While the S2000 was a front-mid-engined roadster, its successor will, according to the latest from Auto Express (which we are taking with a grain of salt), be a mid-engined coupe – closer, in other words, to the NSX than the S2000." Interesting. This is actually not the first time a rumored mid-engined successor to the S2000 has been mooted. I remember a few years ago, not long after the NSX was shown, word was circulating Honda was testing the Accord's engine reversed in a mid-engine layout. The latest rumor is that the CTR will actually produce north of 300hp (I think the concept debuted with approximately 286hp or something close to that). People will argue that the hybrid components will add weight, and that's true, but something even as simple (and flawed) as Honda's previous IMA system coupled to a larger capacity battery would be perfect for a vehicle like this, if just to reduce any and all lag from the turbo.
        sstowes
        • 7 Months Ago
        @sstowes
        Not *reduce lag* but to offset any and all lag.
      Dave
      • 7 Months Ago
      Based on how long the (still to appear) production NSX has taken to arrive, we can look forward to this in ... 2022?
        donttouchmimonky
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dave
        It's only been two years since it was announced. From Concept to Production two years is nothing.
          carguy1701
          • 7 Months Ago
          @donttouchmimonky
          He's referring to rumors about the NSX's return, which started up in 07, hit fever pitch in 08 (When the FR V10 car was spotted multiple times on the 'Ring), then went silent as that car was canceled in the aftermath of the GFC. I can't say I blame him.
      Rampant
      • 7 Months Ago
      It will be an Acura so they can tack an extra $6k on to the price tag for the badge and nothing else.
        angryinch_4
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rampant
        Can you give an example of a Honda and Acura being identical and sold in the same country side -by side at $6K difference?
          yonomo200
          • 7 Months Ago
          @angryinch_4
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      Rob
      • 7 Months Ago
      By the time the NSX finally arrives maybe Acura ( if they still exist other than for soccer mommies to by RDX and MDX models) will retire that ridiculous beak.
      Richard
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Japanse ot their start by knocking off other companies designs for cheaper. I think I speak for all enthusiasts when I say that Honda, Toyota, and Nissan go back to their roots and build knockoffs..... of the Boxster, Aston Martin Vantage, etc etxc. Knock off every beautiful but overpriced car powered by 200,000 mile drivetrains.....please....
        fivesix7eight
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Richard
        Boxter rip-off? I assume you're referring to the MR-2 (1986) which has been on sale a decade before the first Boxter (1996) was sold. Toyota did lose a suite against Ford which claims the RA25 Celica was a 2/3 copy & paste job of the Mach 2 Mustang. I've gone through my mental catalogue of Aston Martin Vantage rip-offs and the only one that comes to mind is the Ford Fusion. I suppose the Nissan 240z is the closest thing to resembling a long-hood coupe with an upright grille but that's where the similarities stop. Please enlighten me.
        chanonissan
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Richard
        if you know history you would know that nissan use to make cars for Aston Martin, which the name of the british company was Austin Motor Company and was license to do so.
      Dustyn Truax
      • 7 Months Ago
      Until they actually start producing these, Its just more vaperware from honda. And now a message from our sponsor. "Honda. we just like you to think we make performance cars."
        fivesix7eight
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Dustyn Truax
        There was no official word from Honda just made-up stories from Auto Express to generate clicks.
      Muttons
      • 7 Months Ago
      Seriously. There should be a media ban on everything Honda related to performance cars until they actually build at least one. It's really starting to piss people off.
      Carlos Soto
      • 7 Months Ago
      And they will l be waiting for anyithing to cancel the proyect.
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      It will be foolish for Honda to not make a s2000 successor.
        elanjacobs
        • 7 Months Ago
        @bK
        Since when has that stopped them? It was foolish to kill the Integra and the CRZ was a clusterf*** beyond foolish.
      sysint
      • 7 Months Ago
      Needs to be a convertible. Hopefully Honda doesn't build on the ugly dashboard principles they had in that original s2000 and most every car they have made in the last 10 years.
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