Honda S2000 Successor Might be in the Cards With Sufficient Demand
Japanese Automaker is Looking into the Possibility
The Honda S2000 used to be one of the – if not the best – affordable 2-door roadsters ever made. For 10 years, it offered an extremely fun ride and quirky driving dynamics – all for half the price of its German competitors. Despite its popularity, it went into an early retirement in 2009. Calls for a successor have been omnipresent ever since, yet a new S2000 has never materialized. Encouraging news about the Honda S2000 successor has come about from the Tokyo Motor Show, however. While Honda chief Takahiro Hachigo didn’t exactly announce it, he did have something interesting to say on the matter.
“As of today, I cannot say clearly that S2000 will be reinvented, as further studies are necessary. I’ve already heard many voices expressing they’d like a next-generation S2000,” saidHachigo. “Honda development engineers are quick to develop sporty cars if the requests are there. All over the world – in Japan, North America, Europe, China – more and more voices are expressing the desire to reinvent S2000. However, it has not matured yet. It’s not time yet. We need time to decide if S2000 is reinvented or not,” Hachigo added. “If the sales people investigate, look at it and they’re really enthusiastic, maybe we look at it,” Honda’s boss concluded.
Although these words don’t say much about the possible Honda S2000 successor, they don’t dismiss it either. Honda only needs a sound proof of the future S2000’s high demand and they’ll answer the call. This doesn’t come as a surprise in a world where everything revolves around profit. Whether there’ll be enough of an opportunity for profit in a possible S2000 successor, we shall see. In Takahiro Hachigo’s own words: ask for it and you shall receive it. The only thing is, enough of us need to ask. Exactly how many people’s voices need to be heard on the subject remains to be seen, but if you want a new S2000, start drafting letters and getting loud.