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2000 Honda S2000 Review
A real treat for sports car purists.
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The 2000 Honda S2000 is like an athlete who’s been through very intense training for the Olympics. The car is faster, quicker, and more capable than ever before. It’s for purists who love sports cars. While it's based on the SSM concept vehicle that was first unveiled during the 1995 auto show in Tokyo, it's the first vehicle to have a rear-wheel drive configuration.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Honda S200
The 2000 Honda S2000 rolls out the high-horsepower and high-revving naturally aspirated engine that cranks out 240 horses.
The 2000 Honda S2000 has the classic proportions of roadsters. It has a long hood, which allows the power plant to be behind the centerline of the car's front axle. There is nothing so special about this roadster's look, and it can be considered plain compared to the competitors.
The 2000 Honda S2000 has that clean, modern look, and the length tips at 162 inches with a height of just 50 inches. The convertible top can be rolled on and off with a flick of a switch with plastic rear window. A lot of consumers might have issues with the plastic window since it does not wear well with a folding top.
The 2000 Honda S2000 can accommodate two adults, and the bucket seats are very supportive. But do not look for storage inside since there is barely any space for small objects; only small bins are salvaged on the upper portion of the seat backs. There are no glove box or map pockets on the doors, and there is nothing fancy about the instruments. The eyes will most likely be focused on a digital tachometer that rainbows on the upper portion of the layout. It's complemented by a digital speedometer that's hugged by a temperature gauge and fuel gauge on the side. Like other sports cars, an analog tachometer would have been cooler and would have been given more feedback in terms of rate-of-change.
The 2000 Honda S2000 also gives usual features: leather seats, CD-stereo combo, air-conditioning, power mirrors, power windows, tilt steering, cruise control, and keyless remote entry. A good, sporty touch is a red button on the left of the steering wheel to start the car.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Honda S2000 is of the same size as its competitors but perhaps sports the most rigid chassis in its segment, which is the essence of its precise handling. The firmness also allows engineers to tune the suspension and shock absorbers to the best possible configuration.
The 2000 Honda S2000 is different from the other cars in the lineup since it has a rear-drive and front-engine layout. The engine also is a jaw-dropping product of engineering with a two-liter, four-cylinder power plant that operates more like a racing engine. For example, the camshaft lobe of the variable valve timing and lift electronic control is not triggered until the engine is revving at around 6000 rpm. The rev limiter does not go into action until the needle hits 9000 rpm. These, among other aspects, are common to competition engines but not street legal vehicles.
The 2000 Honda S2000's engine gives out 240 horsepower, which is an amazing 120 horses per liter of displacement and an awesome horsepower per liter in a production car. The powerful engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox designed to have short throws and precise engagement, which gives it that racecar feel. The S2000 can go from zero to 60 mph below the six-second mark and blast to a top speed of 150 mph. While doing all these amazing things, the tailpipe sings out like a tenor that will make any sports car enthusiast smile.
The 2000 Honda S2000 installs roll bars behind the seats and comes standard with seatbelts, driver and passenger front airbags, and an anti-lock braking system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Excellent chassis
- Minimalist design
- Great engine
You Won't Like
- Rear window made of plastic
- Too much wind noise
- Pretty cramped interior
A real treat for sports car purists.
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