The decade-long S2000 Roadster will come to an end this year, leaving the company without a proper sports car.However, in addition to the launch of the production version of the front-wheel drive CR-Z hybrid small coupe in 2010, Japan’s Best Car is now reporting that Honda is also working on a larger and more powerful coupe that would essentially act as a replacement to the S2000.Claims had been made that the original S2000 rear wheel drive layout will be changed to a road hugging All Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD).
The S2000 replacement model will be using a hybrid system simillar to those found in the Honda Insight and the Civic IMA hybrid cars. No news on whether the sport coupe would use a high-rev 4-cylinder or go for a larger displacement V6 petrol engine.
Officially, Honda has given the green light to the CR-Z hybrid sports car while the Japanese firm announced the cancelation of its V10-powered NSX successor at the end of 2008 due to the economic crisis. Honda has made no announcement whatsoever on a S2000 replacement.
Our opinion? This may be a good step for Honda to introduce an environmental friendly sports car. But this is all still a rumours, no confirmation had been made by Honda. But high-performance 2+2 Hybrid Coupe with AWD does sound interesting and more vitally feasible. So what we can do now is wait for the best.