Overview of the Honda S2000Learn about the Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 was Honda's 50th birthday present to itself. While the company is well known for its Civics and CR-Vs, the high-revving, open-top sports car is appreciated by those who love race cars and racing technology. This two-seater roadster is all about driving enjoyment and performance, and Honda didn't stray from those goals during the car's production run (2000–2009). Most years only had a single trim, with one four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Just remember you need to rev it high to make the most of its power.
The Honda S2000 uses a unique "High X-bone" frame under the skin. Honda designed this steel structure with safety and rigidity in mind—two crucial factors for a convertible. It also features two airbags and side impact beams.
Every Honda S2000 model features an anti-lock braking system (ABS), which pulses the brake pressure under extreme braking for shorter, more consistent stopping. Models from 2006 onwards include an electronic stability control system, which prevents traction loss in an emergency and maintains driver control.
There are just two seats inside the Honda S2000 for you and a passenger. They come in a variety of colours, from the standard black to tan, red, and blue. The one exception is the rare S2000 CR model, which was available during the model's final two years. This special model included black and yellow suede seats.
Standard features from the first 2000 model year include:
- Leather seats
- Air conditioning
- Push-button starter
The Honda S2000's interior is designed to focus on the act of driving, but it still features important creature comforts. The power-operated cloth top can raise or lower with the touch of a button. The controls for the four-speaker audio system (eight-speaker on 2006–2009 models) sit just to the left of the steering wheel, within easy reach of the driver. Since the start of production, a digital instrument panel and CD player was standard.
It might be a small two-seater, but the S2000 offers a reasonable amount of space for a car of its type. The low seating position makes the most of the available headroom. Some drivers find the interior limiting due to the nonadjustable steering wheel, however. The seats can also be uncomfortable for larger people.
Trunk space is on par with other small convertibles at 142 L but lags behind bigger models like the Ford Mustang. Plan on a weekend trip's worth of packing, not a full week.
The Honda S2000's highlight is its engine. The 2.0 L engine once held a record for most power for its size and begged drivers to rev it—even now it remains one of the highest-revving engines on the road. That means it can feel less powerful when ambling around town at lower speeds, however.
The firm suspension glues the S2000 to corners but can prove bumpy on long distances or poor surfaces. The standard soft top roof makes open-air motoring a one-touch option. The optional hardtop (standard on the S2000 CR) gives it four-season practicality.
Pros and cons of the Honda S2000
- High performance two-seat rear-wheel drive roadster
- Standard 6-speed manual transmission
- More powerful Club Racer model available
- Ceased production in 2008
- Limited space in two-seat cockpit
- Limited storage space
Specifications of the Honda S2000Key specifications available across all trim levels
- Fuel typeGas
- City consumption11.6 - 12 L/100km
- Highway consumption8.2 - 9 L/100km
- Width1750 mm
- Length4118 - 4135 mm
- Trunk space142 - 152 L
- Cargo space142 - 152 L
Trims available with the Honda S2000What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Honda S2000 2000 - 2009 is available in 1 trim:
Basic trim features and specs
- Center arm rest between front seats
- Electric windows
- Emergency wheel
- Leather steering wheel
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Power steering
- Sport seats in the front
- Alloy wheels
- Daytime running lights
- Door mirrors electrically adjustable
- Rollover bar
- Short wheel base
- Xenon headlights
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Brake assist system (optional)
- Disc brakes
- Electronic traction control (optional)
- Front-driver airbag
- Front-passenger airbag
- Rear-wheel drive
- Stability control (optional)
- Tire pressure indicator (optional)
- CD player
- Cruise control
- Power door locks
Frequently asked questions about the Honda S2000
It doesn't, as production lasted from 1999 through 2009. If you're looking for a modern, reasonably priced two-seat convertible, we recommend the Mazda Miata.
In its final production year, the Honda S2000 started at around $50,000. Second-hand prices can vary based on condition, but expect to spend half that for a well looked after earlier version.
The Honda S2000 came with a six-speed manual transmission. Luckily, many drivers rate it as one of the best examples of its kind.
Like its status as a manual-only car, the Honda S2000 only came in rear-drive form. This was to keep its curb weight low, ensuring a sporty driving experience.
The Honda S2000 is a front-engined convertible. This layout is the same as Honda's first sports cars from the 1960s.