2001 Honda S2000

  • 2001 Honda S2000 Base Roadster Convertible

    Base Roadster Convertible

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2001 Honda S2000 Review

The 2001 Honda S2000 is one of the best sports cars in its affordable price range.

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The 2001 Honda S2000 offers sports-car performance and engineering without charging a sports-car price. Honda has made a special convertible that is sure to appeal to a broad range of buyers. Buyers who have always wanted a sports car but never had enough money will find the S200s particularly attractive.

The S2000 has a peppy engine and a unique aesthetic that will attract the attention of pedestrians and other drivers on the road.

In an effort to find something really wrong with this car, you might decide that it isn't as good at handling crowded city roads as similar convertibles made by BMW and Audi. This is true – the 2001 Honda S2000 functions best on the open road. If you're game for a visceral driving experience, this may be the car for you.

The Range

  • Body Styles: convertible
  • Engines: 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder
  • Transmissions: six-speed manual transmission
  • Models: Honda S2000

What's New

Honda has several upgrades for the 2001 S2000. The convertible now comes standard with an emergency trunk release, rear wind deflector, and floor mats. Indy Yellow is now available as an exterior color, and a removable aluminum hardtop made is available as an option.


If you're hung up on labels, then maybe the 2001 Honda S2000 isn't for you. It doesn't have the look of finely tuned German engineering. However, it does offer its own interesting style that is undeniably sporty. The soft top retracts automatically with the push of a button, so you can slip into topless mode whenever you want. An aluminum hard top is also available for those who want to disguise their convertibles during the winter.


The 2001 Honda S2000 only comes in one trim level, featuring a sporty interior that matches this convertible's excellent performance. As soon as you sit behind the steering wheel, you know that you've found something special. Looking right back at you is a button reading ""engine start."" Turn the key, press the button, and off you go.

The S2000 also has features that will keep you comfortable while you speed down the highway. It comes standard with air-conditioning and leather seats. It also has a cool-looking digital instrument panel and a CD stereo system that's easy for the driver to control without looking away from the road.

One minor annoyance is that the soft top's rear window is made of plastic. That may not seem like a big deal now, but it can become an obsession after you get used to driving such a nice car.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Honda S2000 has excellent performance that will appeal to anyone who wants to add a little pep to life. The S2000 comes with a 2.0-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder engine that cranks out an impressive 240 hp and a respectable 153 lb-ft of torque. Honda has also put a version of its VTEC system in the S2000. The VTEC system affects valve lift and valve timing, making the engine more efficient and capable of high speeds. This little monster doesn't redline until you hit 8,900 rpm. While the torque is a little skimpy near the low end, this is still an awesome car that deserves respect.

Honda has designed the S2000 so that it handles as well as it performs. The electrical steering system reacts impressively, allowing you to take total control of where this little convertible goes with much more ease than a hydraulic system.

It has a four-wheel double-wishbone suspension and an in-wheel design that perfectly suits its 50-50 front-to-rear weight distribution. Honda spent a lot of time turning the S2000 into a machine that handles spectacularly. Take it for a test drive if you need more proof. Just beware: the temptation to sign a contract on the spot is quite overwhelming for some people.


The 2001 Honda S2000 comes with electronic brake force distribution, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes. Roll bars and airbags for the driver and passenger also come standard. Those features should help you stop on a dime without getting injured. Unfortunately, there isn't any data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, given the car's small size and light weight, it's probably best to get out of the way when you see an SUV or truck heading your way.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda S2000: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Peppy engine
  • Sleek design
  • Hardtop comes as an option
  • Beautiful aesthetics

You Won't Like

  • Torque is skimpy on the low end
  • Rear window is made of plastic
  • Passenger airbag cutoff not available

Sum Up

The 2001 Honda S2000 is one of the best sports cars in its affordable price range.

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