There isn’t a lot of car news that sets Gildshire’s Car and Motorcycle Magazine’s collective hearts thumping. Oh, we enjoy news of the next CUV or hybrid-electric. We notice a new bike. Those kinds of things cause a flicker, but they don’t ignite a full-on cardiac conflagration. This does, though. According to The Drive, there has been an inkling from Honda Motors that a successor to the S2000 may be on the way. Be still our yearning hearts!
The S2000, out of production since 2009, was Honda’s two-seat pavement grabber. On its way to becoming a classic, it was a victim of several unfortunate factors that caused Honda to stop making them. The 2008 economic downturn left car showrooms tumbleweed infested wastelands. Pedestrian safety standards meant the front of the car needed raising. Some critics suggested Honda’s stubborn refusal to include an automatic transmission option may have been a factor, as well.
When probed at the Tokyo Motor Show about whether Honda might bring back the much-loved roadster Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo didn’t say yes. However, he didn’t exactly say no.
“As of today, I cannot say clearly that S2000 will be reinvented, as further studies are necessary,” said Hachigo. However, he apparently hears the cries of driving enthusiasts everywhere and has the engineering might to satisfy them.
“I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next-generation S2000. Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars if the requests are there,” Hachigo said. “More and more voices are expressing the desire to reinvent S2000. However, it has not matured yet. It’s not time yet. We need time to decide if S2000 is reinvented or not.”