Honda S2000 Delivers Sports Car Excellence

9/1/2004 8:56:00 PM

The S2000 blends pure sports car athletics with open top driving and high-revving performance in one sharp-edged and stylish two-seat roadster package.

The S2000 rewards the driving enthusiast with a potent 240 horsepower, 2.2-liter, DOHC, VTEC 4-cylinder engine and a precise, short throw 6-speed manual transmission along with tenacious handling and a perfect 50/50 weight balance. Although unchanged for 2005, the Honda S2000 received significant improvements for the 2004 model year including a larger displacement 2.2-liter engine with a broader power band, a re-tuned suspension, and enhancements to the body and interior designed to make the roadster an even more compelling track car and a more refined daily driver.

"The Honda S2000 symbolizes the best of Honda's performance engineering," said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "More than just fun to drive, the S2000 puts Honda's advanced racing technologies into a car that can be driven every day."

Standard features for the S2000 include a power retractable convertible soft top, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, leather trimmed seats and High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Dealer-installed accessories include an aluminum hardtop and XM® Satellite Radio.

The S2000's high-revving, high-output engine produces 240 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 162 lb-ft. of torque at 6,200 rpm. The dual overhead cam engine features Honda's Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC)™ technology to provide maximum power and efficiency at both low and high engine speeds. The longitudinally mounted 6-speed manual transmission is a compact design that features a direct shift linkage with class-leading feel and short throws. The rear-wheel-drive S2000 has a torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential for excellent traction in both performance and inclement weather situations.

The S2000 uses a hybrid monocoque body and a "high X-bone frame" to achieve exceptional torsional and bending rigidity for an open top sports car. The in-wheel double wishbone suspension (front and rear) provides smooth and predictable transitions under hard corning. The precise electric power steering provides a direct and connected feel to the road.

The conceptual model for the S2000 interior was inspired by a Formula 1 racecar's cockpit with a driver oriented control layout and large performance oriented digital gauges. Standard equipment includes an AM/FM Stereo CD Player, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, keyless entry and the S2000's infamous red "Start" button.

For 2004, the S2000 received Car & Driver magazine's prestigious "10Best Car" award along with being voted Edmunds.com "Editor's Most Wanted Convertible under $35,000."