S2000 Roadster Celebrates Honda's Hallmark Racing Spirit

9/15/2000 7:27:30 PM

Honda's racing engines have repeatedly visited winner circle's around the world. The 2001 S2000 roadster is no different - a sports car with race-car performance and handling challenging the world's best. New for 2001 is a removable hard-top that will be available by special order beginning in early 2001. In addition, all 2001 S2000's feature new standard equipment including floor mats, an emergency trunk release, an aero wind screen and a clock.

Last year in its first year on the market, the S2000 roadster earned widespread acclaim from the public and press alike. S2000 awards included:

  • Car and Driver "10 Best"
  • Popular Science "Best of What's New Award"
  • American Woman Motorscene "Most Wanted"
  • Motor Week's Drivers Choice (TV) "Best Performance Car"
  • Ward's Auto World "Best Engines of 2000"

A true driver's car, the S2000 provides an exhilarating driving experience. The S2000 uses a classic, front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports-car configuration. Under the hood, 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder compact engine has the highest output of any normally aspirated production engine in the world.

The engine also meets California's Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards. The unmistakable expression of Honda's racing spirit is found in the potent 16-valve, DOHC (dual overhead cam) VTEC (variable valve timing and lift electronic control) engine that moves the S2000 from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds.

Honda's racing expertise is also evident in the S2000's world-class agility. The excellent road manners are the result of an optimum 50/50 weight distribution, racing-inspired in-wheel double wishbone suspension and highly rigid body structure. Marked by the high central tunnel that runs down the center of the cockpit and serves as the backbone of the vehicle, the S2000's "X-bone frame" provides enhanced bending and torsional rigidity.

For quicker response and lighter weight, the S2000 features sophisticated electric-assist power steering. Safety and convenience features include four-wheel power disc brakes with ABS, power windows and power door locks.

The interior was designed after a Formula One race car, achieving the ultimate expression of a driver's based cockpit. The seats are contoured to provide additional lateral support. A four-way adjustable driver's seat allows for maximum driver comfort. Controls operate with precision and are positioned at the driver's fingertips. The race-car type digital instrument panel displays information in a clear, easy-to-ready format. The aluminum shift knob and separate engine-start button further exemplify Honda's racing heritage.

The S2000's angular, chiseled features give the roadster a form as distinctive as its performance. For 2001, a brilliant new "Spa Yellow" exterior color will join Grand Prix White, New Formula Red, Silverstone Metallic and Berlina Black.