Honda S2000 Roadster Will Return To Take On The Mazda MX5

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Honda is said to be developing a new version of their S2000 roadster to compete with the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 124 Spider

The original S2000 was introduced in 1999 but the roadster's second edition was dropped by Honda in 2009.

According to an Autocar UK report, representatives of Honda's advanced engineering team had apparently attended a recent recent S2000 owners' club meeting in the UK, which they claim is a sign that the Japanese carmaker wants to listen to S2000 enthusiasts as they try to position the upcoming car.

Honda apparently also has quite a few engine options under consideration for the new roadster. The basic roadster could be powered by Honda's 1.5-litre VTEC turbocharged engine. The powerplant is expected to produce around 180bhp in the new S2000. A hotter Type R variant could also come along with a detuned variant of the 306bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine found in the Civic Type R and will take on Abarth's version of the Fiat 124 Spider.

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