The Honda S2000 Returns, But Not Quite

If you happen to be among those who have lived their driving glory years back in the late 1990s, then the name Honda S2000 rings quite a number of bells. It also brings back memories of open-top motoring, thrilling rides, and outright fun.
Honda S2000 20th Anniversary 11 photos
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Introduced as a means to celebrate the Japanese carmaker’s 50th anniversary in 1999, the S2000 was in production for just ten years, despite selling in most of the world’s market. In the U.S. and Europe combined, it was bought by a little over 100,000 people during its life, prompting the carmaker to discontinue it.

Owners and fans of the model keep driving though, despite increasing difficulties in finding parts. Yet that may change, if we are to trust a little piece of news coming all the way from Japan.

At the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January, the Japanese carmaker’s accessories division will be showing off a new S2000. Well, not quite a new one, but a souped-up, Championship white-like good old S2000.

The company says this is only a means for it to celebrate the 20th birthday of the nameplate, and it doesn’t give any indication of a possible successor.

This particular car is of an existing generation, only tweaked to become more modern with the addition of things like new seats, new front bumper, new suspension and even a new audio system.

There was no mention made on whether these parts deployed on the S2000 20th Anniversary (that’s the official name) would be made available to owners in dire need of an upgrade for their own cars, but given the name behind them it's a clear possibility.

There is also no mention as to whether anything happened under the hood. Traditionally, the car was powered by a 2.0-liter engine (its displacement gave it the name) in two output configurations.

With it, the S2000 was capable of a 6.2 seconds acceleration time and a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph).
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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