2001 Honda S2000
Engine: 2.0 liter 4 cylinder 16 valve VTEC
Horsepower: 240 bhp @ 8300 RPM (11.5 lbs per horsepower)
Redline: 9000 RPM
Compression: 11:1 (requires premium)
Transmission: 6 speed manual
Weight: 2770 lbs
MPG: 20 city, 26 highway
Wheels: 16×6.5 front and 16×7.5 rear
Tires: Goodyear Eagle GT4
Weight distribution: 49/51 (awesome)
Color: Silverstone metallic exterior, black and red (code 89) interior
None. This car does everything well and needs nothing.
I had wanted a Honda S2000 ever since a friend of the family bought one brand new in 2000 and he let me drive it. I was amazed by the way the car ran and especially enamored with the handling in my limited experience. Over the years I always thought about that car and how cool those were. Fast forward to 2018. I finally got to a point in my life where it made sense to own one because I had funds available from selling my Buick a few years earlier and it was just my son and I so a fun car could also be a two seater. I had put the money from the Buick sale away so I had it available if I ran across something I wanted. In my hunt for an S2000, I first started looking on bringatrailer.com but soon found that it wasn’t feasible to pick one up there because they were premium examples at premium prices. After paying buyer’s fees and shipping it just didn’t make sense financially. I searched around for a few weeks on various other sites and ran across this one on cars.com from St. Paul, MN. I talked back and forth with the owner for a few days and decided it was worth a look with a cashiers check in hand just in case. It was so nice that I bought it after an inspection and test drive and it has been mine since May 11, 2018. I plan to keep it stock because it does everything so well and I want to retain the resale value. The car was purchased with 81,000 miles on the clock.
In a modern world where most sports cars are defined by the options they have, this car is defined by what it doesn’t have. Things like four wheel steering, traction control, all wheel drive and tunable suspension just aren’t here. What this leaves you is an elemental and basic sports car. It is quite a visceral experience driving an S2000 since you are part of the car and are in direct control of everything that happens. The S2000 defines road manners with nimble handling, high end power and a gearbox that shifts like no other. The way the Honda S2000 sticks to the road can leave you with quite an intoxicating feeling. If you are expecting a posh and luxurious cream puff of a sports car, this isn’t it. If you are expecting a nimble car that sticks to the road like no other, then this is the car that will bring a smile to your face each and every time you sit behind the wheel.
In this car, the fun just begins where other cars are hitting the redline.
Photoshoot July 7, 2018
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