Honda S2000 tribute concept coming to Tokyo

Published: 17 December 2019

► 20 years since the S2000
► Coming to the Tokyo Auto show
► A tribute Civic will be shown, too 

It has been 20 years since the Honda S2000 came into the automotive world, and the world has been pining for a replacement ever since its retirement in 2009. This isn’t it though.

Instead, Honda Access, the accessories arm of Honda, will be presenting a modified S2000 at next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the iconic roadster’s debut in 1999.

According to Honda Access, the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype will feature mostly cosmetic changes in the form of a sharper front bumper that can be seen from the lone teaser image,  new suspension, and a new audio system.

It is uncertain if these accessories will be made available to S2000 owners, or will merely be a commemorative one-off.

That being said, the S2000 isn’t the only icon getting a modern treatment for Tokyo Auto Salon, as Honda Access will also debut a customised EK9 Civic Type R.

The first-generation Civic Type R (more popularly known by its internal designation, the EK9), left an indelible mark on early-2000s car culture with its frantic 182bhp, 188pb ft four-cylinder B16B screamer of an engine, lightweight ethos, and aftermarket tuning potential.

As a tribute to the EK9’s iconic status in car culture, Honda Access will debut an accessorised example known as the “Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020”, which reimagines the EK9 for the “modern youth” that “reflects a neo-Japan where the near future and underground are disturbed”.

Not sure what that means exactly, but those who are familiar with the EK9’s popularity in the tuning scene will get the gist.

Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 will be held from January 10th to 12th at Chiba City’s Makuhari Messe.

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