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The Honda S2000 is a two-door roadster that was produced since 1999 till 2009. The car’s history, lasting about ten years, began with launching a new model as an anniversary present – Honda celebrated fifty years of its automobile production career. Although the S2000 was discontinued in 2009, rumour has it that the model expects revival by 2017.
A Brief History
The Honda S2000 made its debut long before the first unit was produced. It was unveiled in 1995 at the Tokyo Motor Show as the Honda Sport Study Model concept car, a rear-wheel-drive roadster propelled by a 2.0-litre inline 4-cylinder motor.
The S2000 was officially launched in 1999. Cars of the first generation (1999-2003) were characterised by a rear-wheel-drive layout. They had an inline 4-cylinder DOHC-VTEC engine producing 237-247 hp and 153-161 lb/ft of torque under the bonnet (figures differ depending on a marketing outlet the cars were meant for). The engine, which displacement was 1,997 cc, was teamed up with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The year 2004 was marked by manufacturing S2000s of the next generation, which lasted until 2009. Let’s review one of its representatives – the latest model – in order to grasp what it’s all about.
The 2009 Honda S2000: Trim Levels & Dimensions
The 2009 Honda S2000 is available in two trim levels: the base and CR (stands for a ‘club racer’). Both models are identical in size: their length is 162.7 in, width – 68.9 in, height – 50.0 in, wheelbase – 94.5 in. Interior dimensions aren’t different either: there is 35 in of headroom and 44.3 in of leg room, 50 in of shoulder and hip room. Luggage capacity equals to 5.0 cu ft that’s quite normal as for roadsters.
When you climb behind its wheel, it can astonish you how well thought-out arrangement of essential controls is. A driver has all gauges, levers, and buttons at hand. Although the S2000’s interior is rather plain, the car doesn’t yield to luxuries autos in terms of quality of materials it’s made of.
Powertrain & Mileage
The base and CR modifications are of a rear-wheel drive and powered by the same engine coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s a 2.2-litre inline 4-cylinder VTEC engine that makes 162 lb/ft of torque at 6,800 rpm and 237 hp at 7,800 rpm. Fuel tank capacity amounts to 13.2 gal. The EPA rated the S2000 at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
Safety & Other Features
The Honda S2000 performed brilliantly in crash tests. It was estimated at five (of five) stars in the category of side impacts and four (still of five) stars for protection in the case of a frontal collision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
When you’re in the S2000, you’re in safe. It offers dual front impact airbags and occupant sensing airbag together with stability and traction controls, low tire pressure warning, ABS, and brake assist. A panic alarm and ignition disable device, which are also available on both modifications, can scare burglars away.
The CR cars have a convertible hardtop as standard but not the autos of the base trim level – there’s a power convertible roof instead. Both modifications offer power door mirrors, remote keyless entry, rear window defroster, alloy wheels, leather upholstery, and leather steering wheel.
As for entertainment technologies, the base trim level cars surpass the ones of the CR. Why? The automaker didn’t provide them with air conditioning and audio system in order to reduce weight of the CR cars. The S2000s of the base level have CD player, 8 speakers, and AM/FM radio.
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