Difference between U.S., JDM, EDM, Canada S2000 (photos)
Looking for all the differences between the many region specific S2000s of the world? We've assembled all of them here for your convenience!
1. The Many Versions of the S2000
The S2000, like any other world car, comes spec'd a little differently depending on which part of the world it was originally sold in. In this particular case, Honda sold the sporty roadster in different configurations in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. The unique features and differences between each of them are one of the most frequently asked questions in our forums, so we've assembled them here for your convenience.
U.S. spec AP1 cars used a 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower. It had a 9,000 rpm redline and featured a compression ratio of 11.0:1. The AP2 cars used a larger 2.2-liter inline four with an 8,000 rpm redline and 11.1:1 compression, but it also produced 240 hp. American cars also had windshield tape, as well as two reverse lights.
In Japan, the AP2 used a 2.0-liter engine producing 247 hp with 11.7:1 compression and a 9,000 rpm redline. And unlike the U.S. spec cars, the Japanese S2000 had no immobilizer or speed governor. Japanese cars were available with a number of unique color combinations, Type V with variable gear ratio steering (VGS) system, a unique steering wheel, navigation option, and BBS aluminum wheel option. The Modulo package, available as a JDM-only option, featured a silver interior trim, an upgraded and adjustable suspension, and different wheels. JDM cars have two reverse lights and the headlight housings are clear.
European AP2 cars used a 2.0-liter engine producing 240 hp with a 9,000 rpm redline and 11.0:1 compression ratio. They're also easy to spot because unlike their worldwide brethren, Euro cars have headlight washers. They also had rear fog lights but no windshield tape. Europe also got unique color combinations, though some are the same colors with different names. Windshield wiper arms feature a small "spoiler" on the underside, and the taillights are slightly different with no reflective surface on the side or red rear side marker light. Finally, the rear bumper has a much larger space for a license plate, with one reverse and one backup light.
Canadian spec S2000s used the same engine combinations as their American counterparts. They did, however, come with daytime running lights and windshield tape. Canadian cars also have larger windshield washer reservoirs and no safety release mechanism inside the trunk. A couple of special colors saw use up north, including Spa Yellow in 2001 (limited to 48 cars) and GPW with a blue interior and roof. Canadian cars also used two reverse lights.