Last month, a patent drawing surfaced showing what is thought to be Honda’s planned successor to the S2000. It turns out that model is much further along in its development than previously thought, with Wheels reporting the model will debut either at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November or at Detroit in January.
The new mid-engine car is said to be part of a three-model family of sports vehicles from Honda/Acura, which will also consist of the 2016 NSX and a more powerful version of the compact S660 dubbed the ‘S1000’. The S2000 successor, which has very similar proportions to the NSX, will bridge the gap between the NSX supercar and the entry-level S1000.
Wheels’ source said the creation of the S2000 sucessor was largely driven by North American Honda dealers, who won’t be able to sell the NSX as it will be under the Acura banner in North America. As a result, the model will have similar proportions to the NSX but will powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to a hybrid system. The model is also said to be all-wheel drive and will feature all-wheel steering.
It’s also said the S2000 sucessor will be built in North America, as the Yokkaichi production line that currently builds the S660, among other models, is close to capacity and would require extensive retooling.