Japanese famous car Honda S2000.
30 May 2022
The Honda S2000 was developed as a model commemorating the 50th anniversary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and was released in April 1999 for the first time in 29 years as a full-scale FR open 2-seater model since the S800.
It was an epoch-making model that was very popular, having been sold for about nine years until the
end of production in June 2009, with a cumulative total of 20,000 units sold in Japan and more than 110,000 units worldwide.
The origin of the car name "S2000" is a combination of the acronym S for Sports, which is a proof of Honda's sports model, and the number representing the displacement of 2000cc. It is a name that inherits the successive S series from the S500.
For the exterior, we adopted a sports car-like exterior design that emphasizes a low and stretchy bonnet hood that emphasizes aerodynamic characteristics, a fully open body with a large opening, and a simple and clean wide and low that eliminates waste. It also had an electric soft top that opens and closes in about 6 seconds with a simple button operation.
In the interior, the seat position has a low hip point and the bucket seat is made of artificial leather that is not slippery and feels good against the skin. The interior space was typical of a sports car, with aluminum sports pedals and a functionally laid out shift lever.
The S2000 is classified into the early model equipped with a high-speed 2.0L engine and the late model equipped with a long-stroke 2.2L engine that emphasizes drivability in the practical range.
The previous model of the S2000 (April 1999-November 2005) is equipped with a responsive VTEC 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder DOHC engine that responds sensitively to accelerator work up to high speeds boasting an allowable rotation speed of 9000 rpm. The maximum output was 250ps while naturally aspirated.
Coupled with the cross-ratioed 6-speed manual transmission, it was possible to actively use the top-end power band area for sports driving.
It also had excellent turning ability and responsive steering performance thanks to its suspension with four-wheel double wishbone suspension with high road holding capability, tires with different front and rear thickness, and steering with quick gear ratios.
The late model (November 2005) was equipped with the VTEC 2.2L in-line 4-cylinder DOHC engine, which has a longer stroke and larger displacement than the conventional engine. The maximum output has decreased by 8ps to 242ps / 7800rpm, but the torque has increased by 0.5kgm, and the engine emphasizes ease of handling in the medium and low speed range.
In addition, a new electronic throttle has been adopted to improve acceleration performance by lowering the gear ratio and response in the practical range, making it a model that allows you to enjoy an exhilarating full-scale sports drive.
Unfortunately, in 2009, while the number of full-scale sports cars was decreasing, production was discontinued unfortunately.