New Honda S2000 to get ‘green’ light

11 Jul, 2008 3:22pm

Roadster will feature electric power OSM (Open Study Model) and debut at UK Show.

Honda has lifted the lid on its next S2000 roadster – and it will have you going green! The Honda OSM (Open Study Model) shown in this official sketch will be unveiled at next week’s British Motor Show as an eco-friendly concept car. But the sleek drop-top also gives us a tantalising early look at the forthcoming S2000.

Officially a ‘design study’ at this early stage, Honda will use the OSM to “gather feedback from customers at the show to guide any future developments”.

That means the Japanese firm is intent on making the next S2000 a seriously desirable sports car when it hits the showrooms in 2010. And judging by this concept, Honda looks like it could have another big success on its hands.

The new car will be as green as it is good looking, thanks to a number of mechanical and aerodynamic features designed to reduce consumption and emissions. Honda will reveal all at the expo, but an efficient, lightweight petrol engine – possibly boosted by a small electric unit – will sit inside a body featuring class-leading aerodynamics.

Shaped by up-and-coming young designers at Honda’s studios in Offenbach, Germany, the OSM will sit alongside the zero-emissions FCX Clarity fuel cell car and the CR-Z hybrid sportscar – both making UK debuts at the British Motor Show.