The Honda S2000 – a high-performance, 2-seat, open-topped roadster with an advanced front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car configuration. Introduced in 2000 as a commemoration of Honda’s 50th anniversary, the S2000 incorporates many of the lessons learned in the company’s five decades of building and racing cars and motorcycles.
Its original concept was to be a true sports car that could serve as both a practical and fun daily driver and a highly capable weekend track racer.
For its 2004 redesign, Honda engineers elevated the S2000 to a higher class by strengthening the all-around performance, enhancing the interior and giving the exterior a subtly bolder appearance.
On the track, the 2004 S2000 accelerates with increased authority and more pull through corners with a broadened powerband that comes on sooner and stronger. Powered by a 2.2-liter, DOHC VTEC 4-cylinder engine produces 240 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. Honda’s innovative VTEC advanced variable valve-timing system, operates the S2000 engine’s 16 valves (4 per cylinder) in both intake and exhaust modes.
A revised 6-speed, manual transmission provides lower gear ratios on gears one through five, and a higher sixth speed gear for highway cruising. The transmission is a compact design and features a direct shift linkage with class-leading feel and short throws. The S2000 engine and transmission are capable of accelerating the S2000 from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds.
The chassis has an ideal 50/50 weight distribution, and the body and frame are a hybrid monocoque-frame structure that forms a rigid, flex-free platform for the S2000’s in-wheel double wishbone suspension system, and plays an important role in helping the S2000 achieve its high level of safety protection.
The S2000 is designed to comply with various worldwide safety standards and boasts an extensive list of safety features, including 3-point seat belts with load limiter and pretensioner, a compact SRS system for the driver and passenger, roll bars and reinforced windshield posts, and a body and frame especially designed to help absorb the energy of full-frontal, offset-frontal and rear impacts.
– 240-hp, 2.2-liter, 16-valve, DOHC VTEC engine
– 162 lb.-ft. of torque
– 6-speed, manual transmission
– Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection
– Torque-sensing limited-slip differential
– Electrically powered soft top
– 17-inch alloy wheels