Honda’s iconic S2000 has been given a face lift and a few tweaks including new suspension settings to make the iconic two-seater more communicative, predictable and exhilarating to drive.
In our Honda S2000 review we did find it a little tricky at the limit, especially in the wet. Honda’s remit was to make the S2000 more predictable and lets say safer in the hands of the less experienced driver.
The S2000’s handling and performance characteristics have been enhanced by changes to the suspension. The new set-up is identical to that fitted to its Japanese counterpart – the S2000 Type-S.
Re-tuned dampers, uprated springs and thicker anti-roll bars give the car greater stability, agile handling and more responsive steering, to help harness the S2000’s high-revving 240PS 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine.
Also featuring on the 2008 car are a new design of 17-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels and a new paint colour – Synchro Silver. On the inside, there are three new leather interiors to choose from – Black with red stitching, Brown with red stitching and Red with black sides. There is also a design change to the headrest frame which has been re-shaped to offer greater roll-over protection*.
“The S2000 has always been a raw, exciting, performance car,” said Tom Gardner, Head of Marketing, Honda (UK), “but some found the car a little too edgy in some conditions. These latest changes, make the S2000 even more fun to drive but predictable too – giving the driver more confidence.” Sales of S2000 in 2007 totalled 563 units. The model is priced from £28,050 for the Roadster and £28,600 for the GT model with detachable roof.Published 16 February 2008