These are the announcements for which I live.
There was a time when announcements such as this were few and far between, when nothing even remotely interesting crossed the news wire and life in the land of automobiles was as dull as a 1995 Impala.
In recent years, though, things have heated up, and automakers have teased exciting additions to their product lines. Lexus did it, Toyota did it, Subaru did it, Alfa Romeo continues to do it, and now, Honda is doing it.
Honda is doing it wrong, but at least it’s trying.
By “it,” of course, I am referring to the development and production of a rear-wheel-drive coupe or roadster. Today, everyone seems to want a piece of the low-slung action.
A report from AutoExpress says Honda is seriously considering bringing the S2000 back to life, but this time with an incredibly interesting twist: It would be a midengine coupe, unlike the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive convertible sold between 1999 and 2009.
Sounds great, right? Don’t hold your breath, because it comes with a catch. Whereas the previous S2000 had an MSRP around $35,000, the new one will come in closer to $60,000. The new car would be much more powerful than before, though, as the report says it could be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’ll make more than 300 horsepower. Still, at a Boxster price, that might be hard to swallow.
But wait, there’s another option.
Honda has apparently given the green light to another midengine RWD car called the S660. At first blush that’s really exciting. At second look, I think Honda is missing the mark. If the new S2000 is too expensive, this one might go too far in the other direction. With a 660cc engine making just 67 ponies, this car might be best left to go-kart tracks and children’s play areas, if it even gets approved for the U.S. market.
From the rumors circulating so far, buyers would be better off finding a now-classic S2000 and hanging onto it for dear life.
What looks better to you: a midengine $60,000 S2000 or a used classic one?