Since so many manufacturers are resurrecting great car names from the past and since this car never should have been discontinued in the first place, Honda will probably resurrect the S2000. And while I haven’t been a fan of these recent reiterations of legendary cars, I think I could find it in my heart to forgive Honda for resurrecting the S2000 if they did it my way.
Due to the popularity of the new Sciotaru FRZ-86, Japanese automakers will more than likely strike back and Honda will more than likely come out with an “86 fighter.”
But these new iterations of old cars have been a slippery slope. Seeing that it’s quite impossible to make something that’s near perfect any better, here’s what I think Honda should and shouldn’t do…
When Honda made the changes to the car in 2004, most changes were underneath. They included changes to the suspension, transmission, and engine. On the outside, there were new bumpers, headlight & taillight assemblies, exhaust tips, and wheels, plus the dreaded plastic rear window was replaced with glass. But nothing drastic.
Honda should not try to design & manufacture an all-new S2000.
Now imagine this: they pick up production right where they left off like nothing ever happened and make only minor tweaks to the body & mechanicals, much like they did in 2004 when they gave the AP1 a refresh. It would be less expensive than developing a brand new car from top to bottom and they already know they have a winner.
Hell, I’d be happy if they just resumed production with no changes whatsoever but if they did want to make some improvements it would be easy. Just track down current and past owners of the AP2 (2004-2009) and ask them what changes they would like. Simple.
So Honda, please do us all a favor and bring back the S2000 with some minor tweaks and upgrades and we will love you forever, or until you discontinue the car again. Oh yeah, almost forgot…DON’T MAKE IT A HYBRID!!