Review Centre reviewers have been overwhelmed with The Honda S2000 Roadster finding it a very unique, beautiful and stylish car with superb sports car handling.
Honda appears to have to come up with a classic to rival Porsche and the other super sports specialists. Honda Sports models have always been popular and since its launch in 1999 the S2000 has been no exception.
The 2004 model received significant upgrades including numerous chassis changes and the steering, throttle, clutch, gearshift and brake systems have been overhauled for an even more enjoyable driving experience.
The S2000 is a sports car capable of revving close to 9,000 rpm and favours well for both performance and driving entertainment. It is also ranks very highly when it comes to mechanical reliability, acceptable running costs and Honda customer service. Helped by the introduction of its sister model the hardtop GT - Honda sales of the S2000 were almost trebled by the beginning of 2001. The brand continued to develop its reputation in 2004 when Auto Express Driver Power survey revealed S2000 owners were amongst the most satisfied car customers.
Hondas S2000 also topped the Top Gear 2004 Survey when over 50,000 readers of Top Gear cast their votes on over 140 cars from 35 manufacturers.
This year saw the launch of the revitalised Honda S2000 two-seater roadster. The driveability of the Honda S2000 was enhanced by fitting a drive-by-wire system for better engine control. In addition to the new factory option hard top a new three-part speedster cover was offered. The cover fits over the folded hood and features a pair of raised domes folding back in classic sports car tradition. Two new exterior colours are available - deep burgundy metallic and Bermuda blue plus new interior combinations and modified audio system. The S2000 is powered by 2.0 DOHC VTEC engine. One constantly reported thrill factor is the engine sound through acceleration - the note developing like a high performance motorcycle.
Car Pages reported the following about its handling: The short-throw shift action six-speed manual transmission is superb. Parkers Guide says: It looks great and an engine that is possibly the finest four-cylinder unit in the world adds to the package.
Dual front SRS airbags, anti-lock braking system, high level rear brake light, headlight washers, front ventilated disc brakes, rear disc brakes, roll-over protection, anti-roll bars, rolling code ECU engine immobiliser, remote keyless entry, central locking, Thatcham category one alarm system (interior monitoring), boot release in locking centre console and a torque-sensing limited slip differential. A tracker system is optional. Air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and leather upholstery are standard. The electrically operated hood, hi-tech digital controls, uncluttered cabin, large illuminated boot, central locking, remote keyless entry are other features.
Performance: 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds.
Max Speed: 150 mph.
Engine Capacity: 1997cc.
Insurance Group: 20.