2000 Honda S2000 (2000)

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2000 Honda S2000

by Russ

Honda’s new sports the S2000, is one of the most important of the present day. Why? little technological tour- points to the future.

And the future as by the S2000 is a very good

Once upon a time, performance was gained at the expense of air and fuel economy. Think to when astounding power was from huge, carburetted Fuel economy was poor gas mileage was a surprise) and emissions were intolerably high.

240 horsepower from 2.0 liters cubic inches), the S2000 has the specific power output horsepower developed per unit of size, a measure of efficiency of any street-legal non-turbocharged car ever Despite this, its engine cleanly enough to achieve stringent Low Emission Vehicle status. Power can be clean and

This shouldn’t be surprising. use of fuel converts more of the to power and less to waste pollution. A simple statement to a very difficult engineering

Honda has called on knowledge from over 40 years in for the technology used in the S2000. The is astounding, and the knowledge gained is to find use in other Honda in the future.

Be assured that the is far more than just an The chassis is just as amazing as the The S2000 is a convertible that’s rigid than many and sedans, and it’s fully-equipped all of the amenities expected in a car today, not a retro-fantasy.

It’s also one of the cars ever made, the same suspension design as in Honda’s Acura NSX.

The comparison to the NSX is appropriate. Both are built on the same assembly The S2000 is priced lower the NSX — around $32,000 almost $90,000 — and will be built. The production for this year is 5,000. far more than 5,000 want one, and the first production is sold out.

Is it waiting for? Absolutely!

of the rarity of the S2000 at this I didn’t have one for the usual However, I was able to drive it extremely varied conditions. introduced the car to the local press CA.

I had the chance to drive it on some of the sports car roads in the area, and on the at Laguna Seca Raceway. I drove it home — in Valley rush hour From the sublime to the ridiculous. but the worked perfectly in all situations, a moderate appetite for gas.

Of course — it’s a

APPEARANCE:   The S2000 has the classic short-deck sports car look, a good blend of rounded and angles. From the front, it has a face, and looks much something from current animation styles. It’s without being macho.

One remarked It’s cute! cute like a baby It’s friendly-looking, but rest that the S2000 has serious

COMFORT:   No side curtains The S2000 is a fully-equipped car, very comfortable, supportive seats, a great climate system — heat on the on a cool top-down evening is — and power windows, and doorlocks with remote and a power top. The trunk is big for a long weekend for two, if golf is in the plans.

This is a real car, not a toy.

SAFETY:  It has powerful disc brakes, built-in bars, and all of the expected equipment as

ROADABILITY:  Driving the S2000 down a tree-lined, twisting or on a race track is like a high-intensity video game to its fast reactions and wonderfully engine. TheHigh X-Bone combines the best elements of a frame and unit construction to solid anchorage to the compact wishbone suspension. The S2000 may be the rigid convertible ever

It feels carved from a billet. There are no shakes and over bumpy surfaces, and its is very, very precise. of the rigid chassis, the suspension is soft and compliant for a serious car, resulting in great There are no sacrifices between and performance.

Although it is a front-engine, rear-drive the lightweight engine is placed back in the frame for optimal weight distribution and centralization of for mid-engined nimbleness and quick

PERFORMANCE: Although the figures first grab attention are 240 at 8,300 rpm and a 9,000 rpm redline, the 153 lb-ft torque maximum is for a two-liter engine. It’s at a 7,500 rpm, but there’s low down to make the light as easy to drive in ugly traffic as any stick-shift car can be. Power to get serious at 4,000 rpm, and very serious when the cam-change kicks in at 6,000.

6,000 rpm, the S2000 and sounds like a healthy sports car, with a growl to the exhaust. Above it quickly sees its 9,000 rpm thanks to a very light and screams like a CART car or Formula One racer. (The reflected off of tunnel walls and reminds me of F1 cars echoing off the at Long Beach years Acceleration is not like a big V8.

It’s modestly quick 6,000, then takes off a rocket, much like a sportbike — think and you won’t be surprised. The 6-speed throw gearshift is a joy, remember the light flywheel. useable power between and 9,000 rpm, shifting is not as as one might think. The aluminum knob does get warm to the after a few hours.

Happiness is a gearshift knob.

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