Daily Slideshow: 5 Reasons Honda Needs a New S2000
We miss the S2000. We miss it a lot. Let’s take a minute to remember what made this car so great and why a second coming is vital to the survival of the sports car.
The first time I rode in Honda’s brand new 2.0 liter screamer was on Mulholland Highway. A friend of mine had just picked one up and handed me the keys. The moment I put my foot to the floor and V-TEC kicked in I was hooked. How much were these cars? $40,000? $50,000? I had been in BMWs that had less performance for more money. I was shocked to find out he had purchased the car for a scant $29,000. When they came out they were one of the biggest bargains in the world to go fast.
Jack the NA Ripper
F20Cs and F22Cs are incredible motors that teach a driver a lot. The land of the rising sun has a way of making production based 4 cylinder engines that destroy cars with triple the displacement. No exception here, these cars fly with even mild work and respond to the driver's foot in a way few cars can. We need more naturally aspirated high revving engines in lightweight sports cars.
Speaking of light weight…
A supermodel by modern standards, the S2000 barely tipped the scales at just over 2,800lbs. It’s actually difficult in 2018 to name more than 5 sports cars off the top of your head that weighs under 3,000lbs, never mind what they cost! Affordable, good motor, lightweight. Honda killed it with this car.
When the S2000 debuted, everyone was talking about the X frame chassis. Honda was deserving of all the praise due to the tightness and response felt through your fingertips behind the wheel. When these cars were fresh and new they had an incredible chassis you don’t find in anything short of a Lotus. Miatas simply can’t hold a candle to them. On any back road, you had just as much of a chance if you could wheel one of these as anyone in an Elise.
What does Honda make in 2018 that is rear-wheel drive and fun other than the NSX? If you answered nothing you’re correct. Everyone else in the car market seems to get it from BMW to Toyota with the GT86. We can only hope there is some front-engine rear-wheel drive sports car in the works. I don’t see how Honda can stay relevant to younger consumers if all they offer is a 6 figure car like the NSX. So, Honda, I hope you’re listening to us! Bring back the S2000 and do it soon!