San Francisco: Honda
is universally recognized as a maker of well designed, finely crafted,
reliable, economical vehicles. Hundreds of thousands of Accords spill
out of factories in the Midwest every year for American consumption. But
what about the Honda thatís built just for fun? Thatís the S2000, a true
two-place sports car.
Honda introduced the
S2000, appropriately enough, for the 2000 model year, back when the
number 2000 sounded futuristic. The car in showrooms today is much like
that original car - at least on the surface. Today, it puts out 237
naturally aspirated horsepower at a high 7,800 rpm from a modest
2.2-liter four-cylinder engine, but that adds up to a lot. That little
engine will shoot you down your favorite roads like an angry hornet. A
manual six-speed lets you pick your gears with a quick wrist flick.
Honda lists the EPA
mileage for the 2.2-liter at 20 City, 26 Highway. Thatís great for a
sports car. The EPAís Green Car list pegs the S2000 at a 6 for the Air
Pollution Score in life.
awareness of little sports cars started with the MGs, Triumphs, and
Austin Healeys of the 1950s and 1960s, and this car has all the good old
fashioned charms, from a quick drop top to instant turning behavior,
mixed in with the joys of al fresco motoring in a cozy space.
Of course, todayís car
uses VTEC high technology and fuel injectors instead of fussy, dirty
carburetors, so you get low emissions and higher performance at the same
time. Trusty four-wheel disc brakes with antilock, ventilated up front
for faster cooling, perform stopping chores in a way only dreamed of in
the mid century cars.
Instead of annoying,
clunky side curtains or a complicated top assembly, with the S2000 you
just unlatch and drop the cloth top in less than 10 seconds. It goes
back up just as fast. Naturally, there are plenty of airbags for safety,
side impact door beams, and the computer wonders of Vehicle Stability
Assist to keep the car behaving it self as you go crazy with it on the
Despite being new,
compared to the old British rides, the S2000 has a few old qualities of
its own. In an era of folding hard tops, it definitely sticks with
cloth. That means you can actually use your trunk, but you do hear more
of the outdoors than you might experience in a coupe.
Also the S2000 uses a
digital dashboard, which is about as contemporary as giant glasses and
bellbottom pants on men. But it does work well, as you might expect,
with its chunky mph number and a graphic tachometer instead of a gauge.
A starter button lives to the left of the steering wheel, and the audio
system hides out of sight behind a metallic door. But you can adjust it
from a panel to the left side of the steering wheel.
Honda gives you two
storage nooks in the center console behind you, but not much other
storage inside. Itís definitely cozy. The center armrest is hard
plastic, but felt to me surprisingly comfortable.
Compared to most little
convertibles, the S2000 feels firm, direct, and track ready. The
metallic shift knob adds a tactile sense of the business like drive
train. Front and rear stabilizer bars keep the ship level during
spirited changes of direction and quick braking or acceleration. My
Laguna Blue tester was so much fun that I put the top down, even when it
was cold outside, and turned up the heater.
Reliability? Of course,
and no tune-ups for 100,000 miles either.
You can pick up a new
S2000 at your friendly local Honda store starting at $34,645, including
delivery charges. Thatís more than the price of a toy, but this car,
despite its diminutive proportions, packs a whole lot of fun into a ride
- any ride. In its eighth model year, the S2000 is likely to disappear
or be replaced soon, so by all means, if youíre interested, go claim
yours now. By Steve Schaefer © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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