The S2000 is one of the greatest Hondas ever made
They should really make a new one...
I think there is one thing we can all agree on, and it's how much we enjoy cars like the Honda S2000. The brand is quite famous for its CR-Vs, Odysseys, or Jazzs. Not what I'd call the world's most fun cars. Therefore, when the sensible Japanese company released a two-seater roadster in 1999 that had the highest output of a normally aspirated production automobile engine in the world with a 9'000 rpm redline, you can imagine that enthusiasts were pretty syked.
Inspired by the S500, S600 and S800 convertibles from the 1960s, the two-seater convertible S2000 came after the mythic NSX and Integra Type R, and proved that Honda was ready to make fun cars again. The new S2000 was a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a 2.0 inline four-cylinder VTEC engine that made between 237 PS and 250 PS depending on the markets and years of production. The engine was paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and the entire car had a curb weight of 1'274 kg. Sounds fun right?
Well, it sure was. And I say "was" because, unfortunately, Honda stopped producing this very special car in 2009. Will they ever do another one? I doubt it, and that's why you might want to grab one before the become inaccessible. Over 110'000 S2000s were built, but as the years go by, the number of these cars on the road is decreasing and it won't stop. I only found twelve of them on the Swiss market and the cheapest one had over 100'000 miles and still cost £14K. For a Honda.
But it's not just any Honda. It may just be one of the greatest Hondas ever produced. If you're looking for the word fun in the dictionary, you might actually spot Honda S2000 in the definition. The "S2K" immediately received a lot of praise from motoring journalists who enjoyed the balanced handling, high-revving engine, and smooth gearbox. In 2003, 2005 and 2006, the S2000 even ranked number one in the BBC's Top Gear survey. Honestly, I can't argue against that. The S2K is a fantastic car that enthusiasts truly miss. Honda is aware about it and released a prototype of how a 2020 S2000 could look like at this year's Tokyo motor show. In reality, it was more of a stunt to show what Honda's accessories division was capable of, and there are still no plans from Honda to release a new version. During its 10-year production, the S2K received a facelift in 2004 (AP2) and multiple special editions. Some of the most famous ones being the Club Racer in the US, or the Type S in Japan. Unfortunately, no Type R was ever produced. But a lot of tuners and drifters used them, proving once more that they are great sports cars. In fact, the Japanese roadster gained a lot of attention when it got featured in movies like Fast and Furious. You know that movie with tuned cars racing against each other? I surely remember Suki racing in a bright pink one at the beginning of 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Therefore, no wonder the S2000 is regarded as one of the best Hondas ever produced. It all comes down to its naturally-aspirated engine, the way it drives, and its looks. And I must say that the S2000 looks fantastic for a twenty-year old car. The design is simple, sporty and timeless. It borrowed the design cues from old roadsters with its long bonnet, short rear end, and the overall design just works even today. On the inside, the S2000 stood the test of time. It's pretty analog as there is no oldschool infotainment system to mess up the cabin's design. It's all pretty much centered towards the driver to have an optimum driving experience.
Will we ever see a new S2000? Hard to say, nothing is impossible and as we know, we now have a new NSX. Honda took so much time to produce it that people started to lose hope. In my opinion, if a new S2000 ever sees the light, it will be equipped with a battery. Eventually, the S2000 will lose its lightness, but it will probably get a whole lot faster. But wouldn't we lose the very essence of the S2000? A light, nimble, quick, analog roadster that can rev up to 9'000 rpm. So, no I don't really want a new S2000 to come up and I'd rather buy an original, like the one we are featuring in this article. This is a 2005 Berlina black over tan interior S2000 with only 10'000 km! It is actually so original that it still has the factory tires on. Give me that and I'll be happy.
I would like to extend my gratitude to my friends from Private Car Collection. They have been nice enough to let us review their car. They have a pretty cool collection of cars that you can see on their Instagram account, or Facebook page. Without them, this article could have never been possible.
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