It has been two decades since Honda unveiled the S2000. Serving as Honda's gift to itself to commemorate the company's 50th anniversary, the open-top, two-seater sports car was celebrated for its high-revving 2.0-liter VTEC engine, rear-wheel drive finesse, as well as its ability to take on corners like no other Honda could.
Sadly, the S2000 was discontinued ten years after it debuted as the market for two-seater roadsters slowly dwindled. Despite stopping production, Honda, with the help of Modulo, appears to be looking at dressing up the S2000 twenty years after it first appeared in the market.
At the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, the S2000 will indeed return albeit wearing a custom bodykit, and a bespoke interior, among other things. Called the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype, the two-door roadster has been fitted with a plethora of upgrades courtesy of Modulo. Using an AP1 version of the S2000, the two-seater is far from factory stock despite what the image shows.
For starters, it gets a unique front bumper along with a pair of side skirts that give it a more aerodynamic look. In addition, the S2000 gets a duckbill spoiler at the back which aids in delivering better downforce. Other notable additions seen on the 20th Anniversary Prototype are the Grand Prix White paintwork, 17-inch Yokohama Advan RZ2 alloy wheels, red bucket sport seats, and the black-painted side mirror caps and windshield frame.
Under the hood, power comes from the familiar 2.0-liter F20C, four-cylinder VTEC engine. No changes were made to the engine as it still produces 250 PS along with 218 Nm of torque. It is then mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Apart from the stunning S2000, the company will also be showcasing a rather unique EK9 Civic Type R. Called the Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser (CNJ) 2020, the show car is the company's take on what might a modern EK9 would look like in this day and age.
No exact specifics were mentioned by Honda or Modulo. However, based on the image provided, the CNJ features a bespoke bodykit, a new headlight design, a large roof-mounted spoiler, a sleeker set of side mirror caps, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels derived from the all-new Insight.
With the custom S2000 still in its prototype phase, and the Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser special looking more like a design concept, will the parts fitted on the two be available for customers in the future? Fingers crossed that they will be as both cars feature a distinct and eye-catching appeal.
Who knows, maybe Honda is also hinting a return of the S2000 via a next-generation model powered by the Civic Type R's new 2.0-liter turbo. But until Honda makes it official, all we can do is hope and pray that it does happen.
The 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon will start on January 10 and will take place at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City, Japan.