Steering characteristics don’t go unchanged, and new settings to the Electrical Power Steering (EPS) system – the steering gear ratio is now 7 per cent ‘slower’ – and a more rigid mounting provide greater precision, feel and response.
And finally a lighter and more advanced ABS system features software that deals more effectively and intelligently with situations in which levels of surface grip differ momentarily between one wheel and another, for added stability.
The overall result is a dynamic capability that enables the exhilarating performance of the Honda S2000’s race-bred 2.0 litre VTEC engine – 150 mph top speed and 0-62 mph dash in 6.2 seconds – to be exploited to the full.
Improved controls boost driving experience
The driving experience also benefits from some small, but nonetheless effective improvements to the drivetrain. There is now a smoother, more positive feel to gear shifting thanks to the use of carbon fibre-type synchromesh components on all forward gears, which reduce wear, are lighter in weight and have a greater capacity.
Greater refinement, and the reduced transmission of noise and vibration to the cabin are the benefits of a more rigid clutch housing, while at the same time the differential casing is strengthened. A new clutch delay system ensures that the engine’s high levels of torque are transferred smoothly and seamlessly.
And Honda has now increased accelerator pedal effort, while reducing pedal travel, which provides greater consistency and a more linear feel.