Loading indicator
News & Reviews
Last 7 Days

by George Skentzos

Honda has unveiled what is likely to become the next-generation S2000 at the British Motor Show as a thinly disguised eco-concept.


Carrying on from the hybrid CR-Z and FCX Clarity concepts – which have both been confirmed for production – the Honda OSM (Open Study Model) Roadster concept is touted as a next-generation low-emissions sports car.

Honda hints at next S2000 with OSM Concept

However while “low-emission” has become an industry buzz-word in recent times, it is merely a marketing spin in Honda’s case, with the original S2000 already classified as a LEV (Low Emissions Vehicle).

“We’re trying to show that low emission cars can be attractive,” says Andreas Sittel, Project Leader for OSM. “There is no reason why a car that’s more environmentally friendly can’t look great too – and be sporty and fun to drive.”

 Honda hints at next S2000 with OSM Concept

The design philosophy for the project was “Clean and Dynamic”, ensuring the exterior and interior are consistent and harmonious – this can be seen at the rear of the car, where the body actually extends into the cabin between the seats.

The trim inside the car is finished in a gloss-effect blue leather accompanied by white leather highlights to match the one-off exterior paint called Mystic Pearl.

Honda hints at next S2000 with OSM Concept

At present, Honda insists the OSM is exclusively a design study model, and there are no plans for it to enter production.