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Honda S2000 replacement to go hybrid

F1-tech expected to help pump out 300bhp from 1.5-litre engine for Honda's S2000 replacement

The successor to the Honda S2000 will benefit from the marque’s F1 hybrid technology, it has been discovered. The car will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine when it arrives in 2018, with an expected 300bhp at its disposal, as reported by Auto Express.

It was originally thought that the S2000-replacement would feature a turbocharged 2.0-litre power-unit, as seen in the latest Honda Civic Type-R, however that theory has now been quashed amidst emission concerns.

The new car is expected to sit below the forthcoming NSX in Honda’s sports car range when it comes to market, much like the original S2000 did in-line with the first generation NSX in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Unlike the S2000, the new model is expected to be built in coupe form only.

Specific spec or design details on the new car are as yet unknown, however it is expected to take inspiration from the striking new NSX, with a shorter bonnet-line and more angular-lighting tipped to star on the new car. Much like its predecessor, the new S2000 replacement will arrive at a time when Honda are settling back into life as an engine provider in Formula 1. 

Last week, Mazda also teased the car tipped to replace the RX8, which also has been tipped to benefit from hybrid power, however is likely to be propelled by an all-new rotary engine. Both cars could come to market at the same time, with further details expected at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Could we be on the cusp of a new Japanese performance car revolution? We sure hope so...

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