Honda S2000 -- Body

9/15/2000 4:18:51 PM

OVERVIEW
The S2000 is the production version of the stylish SSM concept car that Honda first showed at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. Like the SSM, the S2000 is an open-topped, two-seat roadster, designed for enthusiast drivers. The S2000 body and interior also incorporate class-leading safety, quality and comfort features.

HONDA S2000 BODY FEATURES

  • Electrically powered soft top
  • Cockpit air deflector (available as a dealer option)
  • Integrated roll bars
  • High-intensity discharge (HID), projector-type headlights
  • Lightweight 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored dual power mirrors
  • Dual exhaust
  • Impact-absorbing, 5-mph, body-colored bumpers

HONDA S2000 EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

Inches

Millimeters

Length:

162.2

4,120

Width:

68.9

1,750

Height:

50.6

1,285

Wheelbase:

94.5

2,400

Track, Front:

57.8

1,468

Track, Rear:

59.4

1,509

Pounds

Kilograms

Curb Weight:

2,756

1,270

Weight Distribution

(%, Front/Rear)

50/50

EXTERIOR STYLING AND DESIGN
The S2000's styling is distinctive and presents a modern, dynamic look. Its long hood and wide front end create a visual impression of lowness and mass. The hoodline drops away to a low, strong nose shaped for minimal aerodynamic drag and good forward visibility.

The S2000's clear-lens, multi-reflector headlights and exterior line sweep back from the leading edge of the fenders. The lamps are a high-intensity discharge (HID) projector type that throw a powerful, broad beam. Side reflectors, parking and directional lights are combined in the same units.

The outside mirrors and door handles are body-colored. The S2000 badge on the front fender and Honda badges on the hood and trunk are the only identifying marks on the car.

In profile, the S2000 looks taut and aggressive. Its broad sides visually convey strength and mass. The gap between the outer sidewalls and the outer edges of the fenderwells has been minimized, giving the car a wide and stable look.2

The main character line of the car rises from the headlights, along the top of the fender and the top of the door, to the high rear deck, for an aggressive, raked look. Sculpted lower side sills further enhance the car's angular appearance, and serve to draw the eye to the S2000's large, flared wheelwells and high-performance wheels and tires.

The 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are an open, 5-spoke pattern that calls attention to the S2000's large brake discs and calipers.

A small spoiler with an LED stoplight is integrated into the trailing edge of the trunk lid. Large, round taillights set in clear-lens housings and dual, chromed exhaust tips visually dominate the rear view of the car.2

The S2000's trunk volume is 5.0 cubic feet. A space-saver spare tire is stored on a shelf, separated from the rest of the trunk by the carpeted trunk liner.

Fuel-tank capacity is 13.2 gallons.

CONVERTIBLE TOP
The S2000 features a power-operated, soft convertible top. Pushing the switch on the center console opens or closes the top in about six seconds, and latches at the top of the windshield hold it securely. When folded, the top stows compactly behind the cockpit. A soft boot cover snaps in place to protect the top.

ROLL BARS AND AIR DEFLECTOR
The S2000's roll bars combine with the car's reinforced windshield frame to help form a protective area for the driver's and passenger's heads in the event of a rollover.

A clear acrylic panel (available as a dealer option) is located between the driver's and passenger's roll bars and acts as a wind deflector to help reduce cockpit turbulence.

NVH COUNTERMEASURES
Measures employed on the S2000 to minimize and control NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) include vibration-absorbing engine mounts and suspension bushings, resonance-damping chambers in the intake and exhaust systems and soundproof materials applied to the floor, floor tunnel and trunk.