Originally Posted by swizzle
That definitely would be the anti-Miata. Getting 300hp out of a 1600cc engine would require heavy boost. I'd rather have a naturally aspirated engine or a larger 4 cylinder with a lower boost turbo.
Probably the new 2.0 Civic Type R Turbo would lend itself. Whilst very quick as a car, I read initial reviews claiming it's not up with the best 2l Turbos in terms of power delivery (though close), however it lacks the eager "happy to rev" character that the S2000 was known for.
Altogether I'm afraid a lightweight 2 seat roadster with an average engine would end up been seen as "another Miata" (even if it is more powerful), recreating the S2000 will be difficult as it's major asset was heavily relying on being a NA engine, something out of fashion today...