Continuing Honda's tradition of lightweight roadsters, the Honda S2000 is believed to have begun when it was shown at 1995's Tokyo Motor Show as a Honda SSM concept car. It was officially manufactured and introduced from the fall of 2000 up to year 2003. The name of the S2000 came from its displacement of 1997cc which was near 2000cc, following its previous S car lineup. It was a surprise to the enthusiasts and consumers alike that the S2000 is a rear wheel drive car when significantly, Honda's latest models before the S2000 where all front wheel drives, although it did follow the tradition of Honda's previous S cars which were the S600 and the S800.
One notable characteristic that the S2000 offers is its X-Bone Monocoque Frame Suspensions which showed true amount of stiffness to the car's frame. This improved both the handling of the car under strenuous conditions and its dependability in the steering giving it immense performance in the driving experience.
According to its history, the S2000 got its roots from Honda's first cars, the Sports 360 and 500. Similar to these cars, the S2000 is also a compact car, rear wheel drive as mentioned above, and a two seater roadster having advanced specification engine like the inclined four cylinder units with roller bearing crankshafts and a twin overhead camshafts plus an advanced chassis which was then similar to its predecessor, Honda's Sports 800.
Yes, Honda's Sports 800 is said to be S2000's spiritual predecessor, and with this in mind and Honda's Formula One experience, the S2000 then was made to deliver 120 bhp per litre with a red line at 9,000 rpm, while its competitors only produced just about 50 bhp from 1,000cc or more. The company itself described the S2000 as the reflection of Honda's racing heritage as shown in every aspect of the S2000's design, performance and handling. Continuously, Honda made more improvements on this model the following years. Even in 2004, Honda increased the stroke of S2000's engine replacing it with 2.2 liters thus putting out more torque and further showed better performance than ever.
Honda has a variety of Honda S2000 parts that are offered in case you need one for maintenance or for car wreck replacement, even for customization and all. Honda's S2000 parts are available all throughout the automotive dealers around the world. For additional information, one can check out magazines referring to places and stores on where to buy this performance parts, and browse around the net for more options.
I gotta say, I love driving this Honda S2000. It has great performance and it's a convertible. However, that last bit has been giving me headache lately. The convertible top does not respond. It will not go up. Checked the fuses and all of them are okay. Any ideas what could be the problem?
It really is frustrating when you try to roll down the convertible top and nothing happens. A malfunctioning convertible top can be broken down into two possible reasons. First, when the motor is not properly powered and faulty. You'd know this when you turn on the switch and nothing happens—not even sounds. This is because of faulty electric circuit—the one that powers the motor. Second is when the hydraulics pressurized system is faulty. You'd recognize this problem when you turn on the switch and hear the humming of the motor but the top is not working. The latter can be caused by air getting in the hydraulic lines. This can usually be solved by bleeding the lines—which means simple to remove the air. It could also be time to replace the hydraulic cylinder.
It's nice driving a convertible like this Honda S2000, really. But, you can't always drive with the top down. Now, I need my air conditioning system for that. Sadly, when I turn the AC in my car, it's accompanied by an annoying whistling sound. Aside from it being annoying, should it cause for any concern?
Your car's air conditioning system is composed of different parts. All these parts, like any other in your car, will wear out eventually and may start to fail. It is normal to hear your AC unit making some noise when it's working but it should be limited to the hissing of the AC's pressure and the roar of the fan. Now, the expansion valve in your car's air conditioning system may fail because of clogging or blockage. When it starts to vibrate, it can cause a whistling noise from the passengers vent. This could be solved simply by replacing the expansion valve with a new and updated version recommended by your car manufacturer.
I have a S2000 with a manual transmission. I have no problem with it for all the years I've been driving it. However, the transmission recently has trouble maintaining gear. It's been popping out or slipping out of 4th gear. What should I do?
The first thing that you need to do, if your transmission is slipping out of gears, is to stop driving it until the problem has been resolved. It could be dangerous. Now, the problem could be because of a faulty link—the one that holds the gears. It could be worn or broken and lost it capability to hold the gears in position. You need to bring your car in to the shop and have it inspected. But if your problem is solely a transmission that pops out of 4th gear, Honda recommends that you replaced it with an updated fourth and fifth gear assembly. The entire transmission system will have to be removed and disassembled for this repair.
Honda ventured into the world of sports with its introduction of the S2000. This was the company’s first serious performance car which had roots on early S models like the S500, S600, and S800. The maximization of speed and power was among the common praises the car gets from owners and critics. The S2000 was designed to compete against the Mazda Miata and the BMW Z4. After 10 years and two major models, the car was the perfect roadster for anybody looking for the simple joys and pleasures of driving a car. Even if the S2000 is no long in production, its reputation as one of the best is unshakeable.
First model (2000-2003): AP1 without a turbo
To get a good idea on why the S2000 has such a reputation, one simply needed to check the engine to see what all the fuss was about. Honda’s F20C engine, a 2-L, four-cylinder DOHC-VTEC, powered this car with 240 horsepower. This strong engine needed to reach almost 9,000 RPM before it reached the red line. In other words, for a car to reach those numbers, it needed a turbocharger kit—which to everyone’s surprise, the S2000 didn’t have. It was unbelievable power from such a small package. Its X-bone frame and monocoque chassis provided enough stability and control for handling. There may be some issues with a rough ride and some interior shortcomings, but overall, it was truly a car ahead of its time. It was only fitting that America responded positively.
Second model (2004-2009): AP2 improvement ‘till the end
If the mind-blowing F20C engine wasn’t enough, Honda came out with the new and larger F22C1. A longer stroke and increased displacement may have reduced the engine to 237 horses and an 8,000 RPM redline, but these were a step to making the car even better. A revised six-speed manual, with a clutch release delay valve, harnessed this power. Bigger tires and a tweaked suspension lessened oversteer and the bumpy ride. There were also non-mechanical upgrades received: an improved stereo, a glass rear window with a defroster, leather seats, and keyless entry system. For the serious racer/driver, a CR (Club Racer) trim was offered. An aluminum top was offered as well in place of the standard convertible.
Because of diminishing sales, in part because of the economical crisis in America back in 2008, Honda released the last S2000 during the 2009 model year. The car still had beastly powerhouse, aggressive and forgiving handling, and stylish looks: qualities that have made it a hit with owners. There are words buzzing about an updated S2000 in the near future, but these are only rumors without concrete details.