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article imageReview: 2000-2009 Honda S2000: Another sporty top-down drive

By Kyle Busch
Jun 20, 2012 in Driving
This article reviews the high performance 2000-2009 Honda S2000 an impressive roadster that offers much driving pleasure at a reasonable price.
The Honda S2000 first came on the American automotive scene in 2000 and it was last available in the U.S. as a 2009 model.
So what does this high revving sporty convertible have to offer on a road near you?
The Honda S2000 is a two-passenger two-door rear-wheel drive roadster.
The engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder providing a potent 240 hp and 153 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a short throw easy-shifting six-speed manual gearbox. From 2004-2009 the engine is a 2,157 cc four-cylinder mill that provides 237 hp and 162 ft. lb. of torque. With its limited slip differential, this Honda’s 0-60 mph time is in a quick 5.7 to 6.4 seconds. As the car’s engine is located behind its front axle, the S2000’s front and rear weight distribution is a balanced 50/50 percent. Furthermore, the car’s lateral acceleration is an impressive .95 g.
The S2000’s wheelbase measures 94.5 inches and the trunk provides 5 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 13.2 gallons and its highway cruising range is 350 miles.
On the exterior this Honda’s long hood helps the car to have a sense of motion. Of note is that an aluminum hardtop is available for the car.
At the front the windshield is raked back. The hood is sleek with a cut line down the center. The headlights are pointed units that fit well into the front fenders. The black lower air intake is a large rectangular unit that spans across most the front. A lower air dam completes the car’s sporty look.
With the top down, the S2000’s side profile is flat at the rear but includes a gentle downward slope at the front. There is a cut line at the door handle that runs the length of the car. At the bottom of the door there is some distinctive detail work.
At the rear this roadster has a short flat trunk lid with a spoiler lip at the edge. A horizontal third taillight is centered just below the trunk edge. The taillights are large offset rectangular units that help to provide a clean appearance to the car’s rear. At the bottom there is some detail work and two round exhaust outlets positioned a bit in from corners.
The interior of the S2000 includes much attention to details. The car’s overall fit and finish is very good. A red button on the left starts the car. This Honda includes an ultra modern gauge cluster. All the information is provided in a large dome shaped half circle. The 8,000 plus rpm redline tachometer spans the top of the circle. The speed is digitally provided in a rectangular box. Furthermore, the fuel and temperature readings are provided in small semi-circles at the right. The front bucket sport seats are comfortable and provide good side bolstering. Last, but not least, the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals plus the left foot rest are made of polished and drilled aluminum. They provide a very nice interior touch indeed!
The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11.8 inches at the front and 11.1 inches at the rear. The S2000’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 113 feet. The tires measure 205 50 16 inch. Larger tires are also available.
The suspension at the front and rear consists of double wishbones, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. .
Standard features on this Honda include an electric convertible top, air conditioning, power door locks, windows and mirrors, cruise control, tilt adjustable steering wheel, power steering, intermittent wipers, 12 volt power outlet, front reading lights, front cup holders, remote trunk release, interior air filter, 4-speaker AM/FM in-dash CD player stereo and more.
Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, driver and passenger front air bags, engine immobilizer, electronic brakeforce distribution and more.
The fuel rating for the Honda S2000 is 22 city and 27 mpg highway.
On the road the S2000 offers excellent acceleration, precise handling, good fuel economy and great roadster dependability. Overall, this Honda is an impressive automotive piece that represents great top-down driving.
Expect to pay from $7,000 to $17,000 for the S2000. This roadster indeed offers much driving pleasure at a reasonable price!
If you want a roadster that is known for its high output engine and redline, balanced handling and smooth gearbox, be sure to look into the 2000-2009 Honda S2000. Is this roadster worthy of red carpet treatment? Yes, indeed the red carpet is in order with this automotive piece!
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