Honda S2000 Roadster
Honda S2000

How It Drove - Performance

The S2000 is powered by Honda's 2.0 DOHC VTEC engine which produces 240 PS @ 8,300 rpm enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds and continue to a top speed of 150 mph.

This 'race-bred' normally-aspirated, four cylinder engine races to 9000 rpm before hitting the rev-limiter - without resorting to turbocharging and it conforms to some of the toughest emissions legislation in the world.

From the moment you press the red starter button you know you are going to experience something special. Up to 5000 rpm the car feels docile but once over 5500 to 6000 rpm all hell breaks loose.

As the engine speed builds the note changes progressively becoming more urgent and more like a motorbike accelerating and it is certainly addictive echoing Honda’s decades of involvement with high-revving Formula 1 and CART ChampCar race engines. The transmission tunnel is located directly under your left arm and after a particularly vigorous workout the heat rises from the centre of the car.

The short-throw shift action six-speed manual transmission is superb offering light and precise gearchanges. The clutch is extremely well weighted and it is a pleasure to change gear. The only downside is that to keep hearing that incredibly raucous engine note you have to use the car and that can easily put you over the speed limit - be warned driven without restraint this car is a licence breaker!

The engine is remarkably flexible even at low speeds thanks to the latest generation of Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing. Around town the S2000 is easy to drive and compliant with most road surfaces, even pot holes which it negotiates without breaking your back.

The 2004 model is equipped with ventilated front disc brakes, rear disc brakes and ABS (anti-lock braking system) ensuring that the S2000 stops reassuringly well.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The Honda S2000 is a car that begs to be driven and the more you drive it the more addicted you become.

Honda have engineered a superb driving machine and with such high performance capability the S2000 demands a competent chassis to harness and efficiently exploit that power on the road. The rigid body, advanced in-wheel double wishbone suspension and good weight balance are complemented by well weighted and direct electric power steering and powerful, progressive brakes.

Conventional hydraulic power steering systems require a pump driven off the engine which can sap power by as much as 5 PS as well as adversely affecting fuel economy. For this reason the Honda S2000 is equipped with electric power steering (EPS) which only absorbs electrical energy when required.

Honda S2000 Review | Part Three
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