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2002 Honda S2000 Review

An intrinsic sports car sold in the U.S.

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Overview

The 2002 Honda S2000 is an open-topped, two-seat roadster that reflects its racing heritage. As a fun-driving vehicle, it has a rear-drive, front-engine configuration and is fitted with a revamped VTEC system, which alters both valve lift and valve timing. The system allows maximum power while being tractable for urban driving. Proof of technological abilities is 240 horsepower with 8300 rpm and 153 lb-ft of torque.

The 2002 Honda S2000 offers power that's going through the updated six-speed transmission and provides quieter and smoother shifts. With Honda manual shifters, the feel is great and shifts are short, and a limited-slip differential is standard for rear axles. Responsive handling shows Honda’s expertise. The extremely rigid chassis has a 50/50 weight distribution. Both power steering and suspension have unique designs. The suspension has a double-wishbone style with an ""in-wheel"" design. It uses an electric assist system instead of conventional power steering, and the steering feels more responsive with this system.

The 2002 Honda S2000 roadster is an outstanding alternative to the BMW Z3, Porsche Boxster, Audi TT, and Mercedes-Benz SLK. It's most performance-oriented of the group but is not adept in city use, and does not have a prestigious German name. Nevertheless, for a less expensive, sporty ride, it's the vehicle to own.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2002 Honda S2000 adds a powerful audio system, a glass window with defroster in the rear, and an improved transmission. Small changes, not very noticeable, include chrome-trimmed taillights, storage pockets on door panels, aluminum footrest, new shifter knob, and interior accents in silver.

Exterior

The 2002 Honda S2000 is styled in a traditional sports car fashion, eye-catching and sleek. However, the angular look and wedge-shaped profile sets the S2000 apart from other roadsters. The wheelbase is 94.5 inches, and the convertible is 162.2 inches long. The convertible stands 50.6 inches tall, and its top has a rear glass window that's power-operated. Roll bars mount beyond the seats, and an acrylic, clear wind deflector rests between the bars for reducing turbulence. It comes with performance tires and rides on 16-inch wheels.

Interior

The 2002 Honda S2000 is small, as would be expected in a convertible. Expect to take very little luggage when traveling because cargo space is minimal. There is storage space behind the bucket seats but not much. Only five cubic feet is available in the two-seater for cargo. The leather-trimmed buckets are very comfortable and body hugging. The seat adjustments are manual, and the steering wheel is stationary. Standard interior features include air-conditioning, electric power steering, cruise control, tachometer, a CD player, remote keyless entry, digital clock, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and a theft-deterrent immobilizer system. Sitting inside the cabin feels a bit like a racecar with the graphic and digital displays as used in the professional cars.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Honda S2000 offers a dual-overhead-cam, two-liter, VTEC, four-cylinder engine that has a dual-outlet exhaust and revs to 9000 rpm, which is a higher limit than most cars. It produces 240 horsepower and 153 lb-ft torque and mates with a manual six-speed transmission. Acceleration proves it especially quick, reaching 60 mph within six seconds.

The 2002 Honda S2000 is quick, to say the least. Some drivers are surprised that it's a Honda, considering its mild-mannered lineup. At full throttle, the engine has an aggressive, deep growl. It feels like a rocket surging forward at 5000 rpm. If the impressive acceleration prowess isn’t enough to attract shopper’s attention, the agile cornering ability and razor-sharp steering should be. Overall, it's one of the best convertibles on the market.

Safety

The 2002 Honda S2000 includes standard safety features, such as ventilated front disc brakes, engine immobilizer, solid rear disc brakes, front headrests, high-intensity discharge Xenon headlamp, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, and four-wheel ABS. There has been no safety testing performed by the government yet.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda S2000 Base: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Modest design
  • Nimble chassis
  • Powerful engine
  • Hardtop option

You Won't Like

  • No switch to turn off airbag
  • Lacking low-end torque

Sum Up

An intrinsic sports car sold in the U.S.

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