2006 Honda S2000 Review – Convertible – CNET Reviews

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The good: A VTEC power plant the four-cylinder 2006 Honda performance equal to its V-6 competitors. handling and a sweet sporty add the confidence to open it up.

The bad: A arrangement of buttons for stereo and control are the main tech of the S2000’s claustrophobic cabin. performance arrives at an eye-popping meaning that you need a road or a private racetrack to get the out of the engine.

The bottom line: The Honda S2000 is a pure car, designed for those who that cabin entertainment and ends with a short-throw shifter. Some bizarre controls and a cramped cabin are all but when the open road

The 2006 Honda S2000 was designed with one thing in performance. Honda took a engine, dropped it into a lightweight wrapper, then to make all the other gubbins fit it. The S2000 has changed little its introduction in 1999, and, as in in-car entertainment and information raged around it, Honda’s roadster has maintained its focus on drivability.

Accordingly, most of the tech in the Honda S2000 is to be found the hood, in the drive train, or in parts of the performance infrastructure. the S2000’s spec sheet performance–its power-to-weight ratio is the highest in its class–its maximum and torque are achieved only of 6,000rpm, which is approaching territory on most roads.

The few interior tech features and are bizarrely designed and in need of a overhaul. Nevertheless, the S2000’s VTEC power plant with its balanced design, steering, and flawless handling add up to a car will put a smile on the face of all who it.

Cabin comfort (or lack of it)

we usually spend the first of our reviews talking about or GPS navigation, it doesn’t really in the case of the S2000. The car was lucky to get a which seems to have added as an afterthought and hidden a drop-down panel that, opened, jams into the of any driver over 6 feet The S2000’s standard AM/FM/CD is an unremarkable single-DIN, single-disc set awkwardly low into the central

It boasts neither MP3- nor playback functionality, although it is for XM Satellite Radio. Six hard-button keys along the front of are flanked by a push/twist control on either side for controlling and EQ settings. Audio output the S2000’s eight speakers one in each headrest) is unsurprisingly although it skews toward muffled and bass-heavy at the expense of refinement.

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The most distinctive features of cabin tech are the remote for the stereo and HVAC systems to the left and right of the steering respectively. While these are easier to reach than the head unit, they a curious appearance to the first-time driver, who will very have never seen like them.

It seems finding themselves in need of extra buttons, engineers in the factory in Suzuka, Japan, to employ some cost-saving by rounding up the nearest raw materials to and repurposing them. In the upper of the cluster above the car’s Engine Start button (a that we really like), a circular Audio Control can be pushed to change the audio (AM, FM, or CD).

We would wagered a significant sum that was a multifunction knob with control for volume, were it not for the of a T-shaped slider switch to the of the Start button labeled for the purpose. Two oblong toggle above this volume can be used to mute the audio and to change the radio channel, These controls are mirrored in all random lack of uniformity on the of the steering column, where a arrangement is used for the HVAC

So far, so unconventional. And the unconventionality in the instrument panel. The 2006 S2000 is a car that was designed to be all the way to its stratospheric 8,000rpm redline and at license-threatening speeds.

To help the remember this, the car features instrumentation in the form of a parabolic virtual tachometer display, and a digital speedometer, which a blur of scrolling digits the S2000 is goaded into (We can attest to the fact that the car not enter a time warp at although the remote radio and controls did make us wonder we had slipped back into the

The S2000 instrument panel a luminous digital tachometer.

comfort features on the S2000 get much further than its two leather-trimmed seats, its adequate system with air filtration, and a power supply. Dropping the top a simple procedure of unhooking the from the A-pillars and holding a switch mounted in the center It took us a while to realize the roof hooks need to be back into place being released from the to prevent them rattling the body with the top down.

the outside, the 2006 Honda makes a clear statement its primary purpose in life is to go A gaping air dam in the front fascia; a hood; sleek, angry and low sills down the length of sides all combine to make it like a caricature of a sports car straight out of a Manga comic

Once installed in the cockpit–it is like a cockpit than a race-car suspicions are confirmed. A red Start button cries out to be and the S2000’s aluminum-capped six-speed invites quick throws and acceleration. Like its 2005 the ’06 S2000 comes Honda’s 2.2-liter 16-valve VTEC multiport fuel-injection plant, which manufactures a 237 horsepower: for comparison purposes, more power than the Lexus RX 330 SUV.

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