Since discontinuing the S2000 in 2009 Honda’s been planning a new small sportscar with a mid-mounted gas/electric hybrid motor with weight saving construction. It looks like it’s the new S2000 with a possible release date somewhere in 2015. Honda’s only remaining model, introduced in 2011 is the CR-Z.
Basically the idea of a mid-engine 2-seat Honda convertible that nods to environmental pressures while promising the sportiest drive in its price class. And though there’s no telling what the price will be, guessing it won’t be too far upstream of the recently discontinued S2000, which stickered between $35,000 and $38,000 in its last season.
Patents have just been filed and there is no complete information but what is know is this:
1)4-cylinder gasoline engine (probably use next generation on Hybrid Drive) somewhat larger than 1.5-liter Insight/CR-Z unit.
2)About 160 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions should logically duplicate the CR-Z’s 6-speed manual and continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaves much like an automatic.
3)As on other hybrid Hondas, the new S2000 should have electric power steering and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and an integrated antiskid system with traction control. It’s a pretty safe bet that the 2015 Honda S2000 will sport a specific cockpit design, including instrumentation less oriented to “eco” driving than the CR-Z setup.
The Honda 2015 S2000 convertible will be a cool car to see,